Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils. It facilitates them to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding, as they start out on their educational journey, supporting them to progress from their individual starting points and preparing them for the next stage of their education.
Our ethos in Early Years is to support children’s personal, social and emotional development so that they feel safe and secure and are ready to learn.
Through the seven areas of learning we provide themes that excite and engage children, building on their own interests and developing their experiences of the world around them. We recognise that all children come into our setting with varied experiences and all staff work hard to ensure that the learning opportunities provided widen their knowledge and understanding of the world, setting ambitious expectations for all children.
The curriculum celebrates diversity and supports the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Those children with particular needs, including SEND, are supported appropriately allowing them to be successful.
The aim of our curriculum is to develop a thirst and love for learning by:
We recognise the changing needs and interests of our pupils and we are responsive to this, regularly developing existing topics.
The Early Years uses core texts as a basis for thematic planning and usually start with an exciting hook to engage children in both the topic and the book. We use Talk 4 Writing to support our thematic curriculum. These texts are chosen for their level of challenge and quality language. They have also been chosen with a view to promoting reading for pleasure.
Phonics is taught daily through Read Write Inc. . The phonics activities are revisited to embed over the year and supported in a range of ways through our continuous provision.
The maths curriculum is taught through dedicated sessions. These sessions are carefully planned using concrete resources and build on prior learning and real life experiences across the theme and year. This starts with mastering numbers 0-5 and then progresses through to 0-10 and 0-20. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real life experiences.
All seven areas of learning are encompassed within our thematic curriculum and allow all children to revisit and reinforce learning as well as giving the children opportunities to explore new learning and new experiences.
Children have opportunities to share their learning with their parents and carers through our regular ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, allowing parents to join in learning activities alongside their children and share experiences. Parents are invited in to look at the children’s learning and leave WOW moments and positive comments.
Children demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities, developing their speaking and listening skills, enabling them to access more areas of the learning and communicate to both adults and children. Children develop skills across all areas of the curriculum including literacy, mathematics and physical development using these in different ways.
Children have developed a wider sense of the world around them and can draw on these experiences during interactions with others and link this to new learning.
Children develop their characteristics of learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Children are confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with adults drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.From their own starting points, children will make excellent progress academically and socially, developing a sense of themselves so that they are well prepared for Key Stage 1.