Early Years Curriculum
In Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception, we follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum although we are able to work above and beyond the national expectation due to small class sizes and specialist teaching staff. The objective of the Early Years Curriculum is to prepare children for future learning in the fullest sense, ensuring that children become well rounded, independent and confident learners.
The teaching and learning of key skills and knowledge is delivered through a topic or cross-curricular approach with the topic used as an umbrella for all subjects. Information regarding the learning your child is undertaking is sent home in the form of a newsletter as well as being displayed clearly in the classrooms.
Other areas such as phonics, letter formation and number skills will be taught in the form of a ‘lesson’ with a specific focus or learning objective. Children are then given plenty of opportunities to practice, develop, extend and reinforce their emerging skills.
All aspects of learning are carefully considered by staff when planning activities for the children. The provision of indoor and outdoor learning, free exploration and investigation, adult directed and child initiated learning all feed into carefully structured tasks that enable children to develop the skills needed in order to become lifelong learners.
Staff cater for gifted, talented and able children through clearly defined extension tasks and carefully made observations feed into the children’s individual online learning journeys. Children who display particular needs in any area of learning are monitored and their progress is staggered so that they have every opportunity to flourish and succeed through consolidation of key skills.
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning: These have been divided into Prime areas and Specific areas.
The Prime areas of learning are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. In each area there are Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS.