In the Early Years, our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home, whilst providing first hand learning experiences which allow the children to build resilience, ambition and curiosity.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that our first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling us to develop a lifelong love of learning.
At the end of Reception, we want our children to have gained the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
Across our EYFS, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES.
This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
During the Autumn term, we particularly focus on the prime areas of learning. These form the foundation of a child’s learning. Once the children are secure in these areas they will begin to work on the specific areas of learning.
A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing taught skills throughout the year on a daily/weekly basis. Continuous Provision practice and principles begin in Early Years Foundation Stage and support children to develop key life skills such as independence; innovation; creativity, enquiry; analysis and problem solving.
During the school day, children will have an opportunity to work independently, work collaboratively with their friends and work with a member of staff. Each month there is an opportunity for parents and carers to come into the Nursery and Reception and work with their child, share their work and celebrate their successes.
We believe that outdoor learning is a crucial element of the EYFS framework and so children are encouraged to learn outdoors as much as they learn indoors. Throughout the week they have regular opportunities to develop an awareness of our environment and nature through Forest School sessions and learning to look after our chickens.
The children have a range of healthy snacks throughout the day and learn about the importance of a healthy balanced diet.
The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally.
We measure the percentage of pupils achieving age-related expectations by the end of Nursery and Reception.
Assessment for learning in the Early Years is based on observations of the children in action, both in self-chosen and planned activities. Links are made and meaningful next steps are then formed so that practitioners can support children effectively.
The impact of our curriculum will also, in fact, be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well-rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. We endeavour for pupils to be ready for the next school stage and have all six of our school’s core values embedded by the time they leave Reception.
Stay and Play sessions will commence once restrictions are lifted and it is safe for parents/carers to enter the school premises.