The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for all children in Nursery and Reception. Both settings provides a safe and stimulating environment where children can begin to explore the world around them.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum encompasses seven areas of learning and development which interconnect.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are called the Prime Areas
Communication and Language – This area of learning involves giving children opportunities to experience a language rich environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; to ask questions and offer explanations for why things might happen and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development – This area of learning involves providing children opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement both on a large and small scale from climbing to using a pencil to write. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social & Emotional development – This area of learning involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own ability to try new activities and show independence, resilience and persevering with a challenge.
Four other areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas. These are called Specific Areas
Literacy – This area of learning involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Children sing rhymes and retell stories in their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
Mathematics – This area of learning involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating number bonds and simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the world – This area of learning involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. They also compare their similarities and differences.
Expressive Arts & Design – This area of learning involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework there are four guiding principles:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.
- Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
- Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (371.45KB)
The school follows a broad and balanced curriculum, in line with the National Curriculum 2014, focused on meeting age related expectations and developing potential in every child. The curriculum is delivered in a cross curricular way using a 2 year rolling programme. Lessons are taught using a combination of whole class teaching, group work and individual work. By utilising a creative approach to our curriculum we aspire to foster a love of learning in all children.
Reading and phonics
The school teaches reading and phonics using the Read Write Inc teaching programmes.
The school uses the Read Write Inc reading books to teach Guided Reading and for home readers.