The Infant Department includes the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. The children in Infants receive an exciting, engaging and nurturing introduction to school life. The children are supported, encouraged and challenged to reach their full potential. We put a strong emphasis on self-knowledge, self-acceptance and of others and foster a spirit of togetherness and encouragement of each other.
The classes are traditionally named after seas, with the exception of the Nursery Class, who are called Seahorses. Caspian Class are Reception aged children, Coral are Year 1 and Caribbean are Year 2 children.
For the Year 1 and 2 classes, there are daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons. All classes follow a learning framework based on the International Primary Curriculum, or IPC for short. The IPC is a topic based approach that incorporates Science, History, Geography, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Design & Technology (DT), Art, Sport and Music.
At CIS, Sport and Music are taught separately by specialist teachers but the core framework of the IPC remains the same. You can see details of the topics covered by looking at individual class pages but they are carefully chosen for their diversity, subject coverage and interest value by the Infant teaching team.
Coral and Caribbean Class learn through the same topics during the year. These are organised on a two year rolling programme, so a child in beginning in Coral Class will not repeat the same topic twice during their time in the Infants.
We also promote the learning of languages, with Spanish being taught in two 30 minute sessions each week, Sports lessons taught partly in Spanish and also Mother Tongue lessons twice a week.
All children in the Infant Department also take part in an outdoor curriculum, called Forest School. This is run by outdoor specialists in Abingdon woods and includes activities such as fire building, den making, tree climbing, tracking and nature spotting skills. The children love these sessions.
Coral and Caribbean Classes have weekly swimming lessons at the Abbey swimming pool. The aim is that all children should be able to swim 10m by the end of their time in Year 2. Children who begin in Coral and go right through to the end of the Summer Term in Caribbean almost always achieve this aim. We believe that swimming independently is something that will be a benefit and a pleasure for them for life.