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Our Early Years Curriculum

We are very proud of our Early Years (Pre-School, Nursery and Reception) as we believe that we offer children good continuous provision and a positive, happy start to their educational journey. 

We offer Pre-School and Nursery morning and afternoon sessions and we also offer 30 hour places in Nursery, subject to availability.

Our Reception is 2-form entry and benefits from a free-flow environment so that children can access learning activities both inside (across classrooms) and outside, as they choose.

Children learn best through play. Our Early Years teachers plan carefully, drawing on children’s interests and knowledge whilst also incorporating the recommendations in “Development Matters”.

Children’s learning and achievements are continually assessed and their next steps are carefully planned; our inside and outside learning environments and resources reflect these next steps and support children to make good progress . We focus on individual children's learning needs and class teachers plan and organise the curriculum so that progression is differentiated according to each child’s stage of development. Learning is active, play based and creative and includes first hand experiences, indoors and outdoors. We all believe that there is no such thing as “bad weather” – just inappropriate clothing!

 

A)   Prime Areas

1)    Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Learning in this area includes making relationships, developing self-confidence and self-awareness plus learning to manage feelings and behaviour.

2)    Physical Development

Children extend their ability to move around and to handle objects and equipment. They broaden their existing knowledge about how to to be healthy and their understanding about how to care for themselves develops.

3)    Communication and Language

Children learn to listen, to understand what their teachers and their peers are communicating and learn how to express their needs, thoughts and ideas through speech.

 

B)   Specific Areas of Learning

 Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge so that children can participate successfully in society.

4)    Literacy

Taking the first steps in learning to read and write.

5)    Mathematics

Finding out about numbers and shapes; learning about physical space and measurements.

6)    Understanding the World

Finding out about people and communities, the world in which they live and how technology is used in our world.

7)    Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using different media and materials . . . and developing imaginations!