Early Years Curriculum
In Nursery and Reception, we ensure that the children are at the heart of our curriculum.
We understand we are working with children in the earliest stages of their education, for many of the children we are the first experience of ‘education.’ We aim to provide them with a rich and stimulating curriculum that distinctly meets their needs and interests and provides them with an eagerness to continue their learning journey. In Early Years our curriculum is topic led, each topic is accompanied by a selection of high-quality books and practical experiences. The curriculum that we follow is led by the Early Years Foundation Stage Document. This document details the expected development through the seven areas of learning.
In Nursery children are encouraged to take part in a range of activities. These activities include a high amount of child initiated play and learning, with a balance of teacher led activities and carpet sessions. The planning and activities provided are tailored to the need of the group of children and the children are encouraged to participate in activities which may not always be of their own choice.
The children will have their first ‘school’ experience with us in our Reception class. At this stage it is vital that the children begin to develop the skills that will provide the foundations for future learning. Staff working within the classroom observe the children’s current learning stages so they can carefully lead them towards the next steps in their development. At the same time the environment will encourage them to learn independently, at their own pace, whilst developing the social skills to work in co-operation with their peers.
In Early Years we assess the children continuously and report to parents on a regular basis about their child’s attainment and the progress they have made. We also use informal assessments and observations to plan the children’s next steps and to see key interests and themes that arise to ensure they continue to develop a love of learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is split into Prime and Specific areas. Within these there are seven areas of learning and development
The prime areas are:
•Communication and Language - We support the children’s language development focusing on the three aspects in this area which are listening and attention, understanding and speaking. Staff working with the children use a good level of standard English and encourage the children through modelling to speak clearly and widen there vocabulary by introducing new words through the themes we cover.
•Physical Development - There are two aspects to this area of learning; moving and handling and health and self-care. The children are encouraged to be independent and responsible for their own belongings and basic needs. During P.E sessions and outside play the children work on specific gross and fine motor skills.
•Personal, Social and Emotional Development - The children are supported by staff to develop in the three aspects; Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour. The children are supported to make positive friendships, manage their own behaviour and develop their confidence.
The specific areas are:
•Literacy - This is divided into reading and writing. Both of these aspects are underpinned by Power of Reading programme as well as a planned phonics session. The children are given opportunities to develop and apply a range of reading and writing skills during phonics, literacy teaching and their own self-initiated learning time.
•Mathematics -This is split into the aspects of number and shape, space and measures. The children are taught through a mixture of discrete teaching in whole class and small groups and through carefully planned play experiences.
•Understanding the World - It encompasses the more traditional school subjects of science, geography, technology, RE and History. In the EYFS these are split into the aspects: people and communities, the world, and technology. Children learn about the world around them through themes. We also learn about a range of festivals and celebrations from around the world and the children are taught to log on to the schools computers and use age appropriate software.
•Expressive arts and design - This includes art, music, dance and imaginative play. The children are provided with a wide range of adult led and child initiated experiences across these areas to develop their use of various media and their imagination.