Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School

Celebrate, Inspire, Nurture, Succeed





Our aims in teaching History, at Cotmanhay, are to nurture an interest in the past and to develop the skills and understanding that aids children to enjoy all that history has to offer. We aim to make History fun and exciting!

Our stimulating History curriculum extends children’s understanding of the World around them and enables them to ask questions, research, inquire and question evidence. Throughout each year our children experience workshops and field trips relating to their area of study.


Children in Key Stage 1 develop an awareness of the past, using words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Our children will begin to know where people and events they study fit within a chronological framework. Children can identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods and use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They can ask and answer questions, choosing stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.

We encourage our children to explore different ways in which to find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.



Geography is a valued part of our school curriculum. It provides a means of exploring, valuing and understanding the World in which we live and how it has evolved. We encourage our children to investigate their surroundings and become aware of their locality where they live and the World beyond.


Geography stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child’s ‘personal geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes.

Geography encourages children to learn through experience particularly through fieldwork and practical activities.


Our objective through key stage 1 is develop our children’s geographical skills, enabling them to be able to use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans.


We aim to inspire our pupils and promote their curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Computing in Key Stage 1


The Computing National Curriculum is split into three discrete areas;

  • Computer Science
  • Digital literacy
  • Information Technology


In Key Stage one Computing is part of the cross curricular curriculum. In computing, the children will learn to:

  • Understand and use algorithms.
  • Write and test simple test instructions.
  • Use logical reasoning to make predictions.
  • Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data.
  • Communicate online safety and respectfully.
  • Recognise uses of information technology outside of school



COMPUTING in the Foundation Stage


In Foundation Stage, Computing is part of the technology strand of understanding the world in the Development Matters curriculum.The children are expected to achieve the following early learning goal (ELG) by the end of reception.


Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

The continuous provision that is provided in the Foundation Stage gives the children opportunities to;

  • Explore and use a range of technology such as iPads, cameras, computers and technological toys.
  • Mark make with different programs.
  • Role play and make pretend mobile phones, microwaves, cameras, etc.
  • Print work which has a purpose.
  • Develop children’s social and collaborative skills.
  • Research key words or topics with supervision.
  • Listen to music, rhymes, songs and stories.


Online safety 


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