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Early Years Curriculum

Pre school and Reception classes follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum underpinned by the Early Years Outcomes which is progressive, building on the skills and knowledge that a child already has. The approach to learning is through a range of play-based activities which encourage the child to learn at their own pace and ability. Play is a key way in which young children learn. It is enjoyable and challenging. In the Reception classes, we ensure that there is a balance of structured and 'free' play, in more structured sessions play is purposeful and carefully planned objectives, and in 'free' play children follow their own interests with staff carefully intervening only to move learning on. It is important to remember that young children do not learn passively. They learn best by doing and being actively involved in their learning.

Your child has already learnt a great deal by the time they join us. These early years are the most formative and together parents and staff play a crucial part in establishing appropriate attitudes and approaches to learning in the children.

The year your child spends in pre - school is the first of two years of the Foundation Stage, which ends at the end of the Reception year, before the Key Stage One begins in Year 1.

The curriculum in the Foundation Stage is broad and balanced. We aim to ensure that social, emotional, physical, aesthetic and intellectual development are provided through a range of activities based around play, which is challenging and developmental for each child.

In accordance with the Early Years Outcomes, we support, foster and develop children’s' learning in the following areas:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, Social and Emotional development

 

The above three prime areas are strengthened and applied through;

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the world  and

Expressive arts and design

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Curriculum Plan

Planning is cross curricular and although staff plan using several topics each term, this begins with a ‘thought shower’ finding out what children know and want to find out, this also informs staff about next steps,. Children’s interests within these topics are fed into any future plans.

Links with Pre School

The Early Years Team work closely with our pre school helping to ease the transition for the children into Reception. Children have opportunities to play in the Reception classes to help familiarise children with both the staff and the setting.

If you have not viewed our brochure already, please see our Early Years Brochure under the 'Classes and Curriculum' tab for more information.  We also encourage visits to the Reception classes. 

Before children start school we offer all parents a home visit from their child’s teacher.  This gives children and parents the opportunity to ask questions in the safety of their own home. We have found these sessions of great benefit to children starting school and would recommend them to you.

The start of school is an important time for any child and we are happy to discuss individual needs with parents.  We have a flexible approach to admission and will work with parents to make the transition into school a positive experience for you and your child.  Please contact the early years staff if you would like to discuss your child’s entry to school.