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Our Curriculum

Welcome to our Curriculum Page


At Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School we are proud to have an ambitious, interesting and engaging curriculum, designed to provide children in our community with enriching and enjoyable experiences. We put the children at the centre of all we do.

We aim to deliver carefully sequenced lessons that develop children’s curiosity in the world, whilst encouraging their love of learning and motivating them to succeed. We want to inspire our children to excel in every aspect of life, and aspire to grow into successful and confident citizens. In all our classrooms we have an aspirations display board where we share our ambitions for the future. This allows children to reach for their dreams and know that through developing self-regulation strategies, they can achieve anything.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, embracing the Early Years Statutory Framework and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum,  alongside focussing on the high quality teaching of early reading, writing and maths. We also ensure our curriculum is enriched with real life opportunities so that children have first-hand experiences, which is essential to add to their cultural capital. 

Our curriculum, policies and practise are driven by our motto, mission statement and vision; alongside our commitment to the British Values.


Topic Grid-information for parents and carers 

Please click on a topic below to find linked Maths and English targets, vocabulary, how you can support at home. You will also find general reminders and information about events for that specific term and topic. 



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 3

Spring 4

Summer 5

Summer 6

Cubs 2-3 year nursery

Nursery Rhymes and Colour

All About Me and Families Winter and Dinosaurs Spring and New Life


Wild Animals

Bears 3-4 year nursery

All About Me and Traditional Tales

Celebrations and Favourite Stories

Winter and Food

Spring and New Life

Transport and Journeys

Jungle and The Seaside



Fairy Tales

Spooky House


Bears – the dark woods


New life


Year 1



Dark Woods




Our World

Year 2





Fantastic Machines

Habitats and Hunters

Our Planet


Language development is a key priority across all areas and age groups within our school.

We include specific vocabulary that we teach in line with our skills and knowledge grids (these can be found on each of the curriculum pages) and these are embedded into our medium-term plans. We have this for all areas of learning from Cubs to year 2.

Please click on the subject below to see our key vocabulary progression. 

Computing               PE                      English (see English area)
History Science Mathematics
Geography PSHE/RSE Art
Music RE Design and Technology