We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. With all of this in mind, we begin each new year by looking at the individual needs of our children, taking into account their different starting points.
Our curriculum provides children with a careful balance of both adult led and child initiated learning experiences, which stimulate interest and curiosity in all 7 areas of learning.
Through a combination of teacher input and continuous provision opportunities, learning is planned to encourage children to develop their learning independently through exploration and challenge.
The “Characteristics of Effective Learning” are at the heart of our Curriculum and explore the different ways in which children learn.
All the learning experiences we plan for the children allow them to utilise and develop these skills. Our learning environments, both inside and outside, are stimulating and exciting, and relevant to the needs and age/stage of our children. Our environments are literacy rich enabling children to develop their understanding of language and build their vocabulary. Environments are easily accessible to develop children’s independence.
The curriculum celebrates diversity and supports the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Those children with particular needs, including SEND, are supported appropriately allowing them to be successful. Our curriculum ensures children are well prepared for the next step in their learning journey. On entry into Year 1, our children have the knowledge and skills needed for the Year 1 curriculum.
Within the curriculum there are seven key areas of learning:
The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1. We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child. Weekly meetings take place with the teachers and teaching assistants where planning and provision is reviewed as well as identifying next steps for the children.
The Early Years provision features in areas of the School Development Plan and has a rigorous plan for development each year. This is monitored and evaluated by the teacher, SLT and the EYFS governor.
We track children’s progress and attainment through an online tracking system called Insight. Data is entered every term and is then analysed. Gaps are identified and next step targets are set.