Early Years

Early Years Curriculum

In this school every child matters. The curriculum will be the means of providing all children with creative opportunities for enjoyment and achievement.

Curriculum Intent

  • To provide all pupils with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, attitudes and special needs.
  • To increase pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and strengthen their connections with the world around them by providing a wealth of opportunities to immerse children in the world around them, gaining first hand learning experiences.
  • To execute a curriculum that is creative, carefully planned and structured to ensure that learning is continuous and that pupils make good progress in the development of their learning with language and vocabulary at the core.
  • To engage the children’s interest by offering excellent opportunities to extend creative learning, challenge their imagination, value originality and to encourage and motivate them to want to learn, which will be enhanced by the role of creative practitioners.
  • To be exciting and to offer pupils lots of first-hand experiences to reinforce their learning and to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and understanding of the world.
  • To open their eyes to awe and wonder and cause them to marvel at the incredible and fantastic world in which they live.
  • To provide children with a curriculum which enables them to develop their talents, skills and a love of learning.
  • Parents are involved in their child’s learning journey.

Implementation

In both Nursery and Reception, we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. There are 7 areas of learning which are divided into the prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design).

The prime areas are fundamental throughout the EYFS and the specific areas include the skills and knowledge which provide important contexts for learning and they develop more fully towards the end of the early years. The children are immersed in lots of practical, first-hand learning experiences through which they are encouraged to explore, experiment and develop their language. The children use both the indoor and outdoor classroom during teacher directed and child initiated times.

The online learning tool Tapestry is used to record children’s achievements and shared with parents.

Impact

  • Children have developed a thirst for learning and are prepared to approach their learning with an open inquisitive mind.
  • Children are aware of their own feelings and care for their peers.
  • Children are developing a wide range of vocabulary that they can apply in a range of contexts.
  • Children are meeting key milestones on their development journey.