Our setting aims to…
- To provide a safe, interesting and happy environment where children can learn through a wide variety of activities.
- To develop children’s confidence and independence- encouraging children to join in discussions and planning.
- To encourage children to develop friendships – showing kindness, tolerance and respectfulness to others.
- To work with parents so that children can fulfil their potential in all aspects of their development.
In Early Years our intent is to provide a curriculum which values and promotes all areas of learning. We have designed our early years curriculum around a thematic approach. Children learn through play and first-hand experiences starting with themselves and the local community whilst exploring the wider world. We aim to provide a safe, interesting and happy environment where children can learn through a wide variety of activities. We will help them develop confidence and independence- encouraging children to join in discussions and planning. We encourage children to develop friendships – showing kindness, tolerance and respectfulness to others. They develop understanding of why behaviour rules are in place and recognise the impact that their behaviour has on others. Children are highly motivated and very eager to join in, share and co-operate with each other. They are encouraged to have high expectations of themselves and others by working together as a team.
We aim to continue the learning journeys from children’s home with close links forged through visits and regular communication. Our parent’s information board and weekly Squirrel News emails keeps everyone informed about our activities. By working with our parents we that children can fulfil their potential in all aspects of their development. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s Tapestry account to share photos of activities the children have taken part in outside of school, helping us to plan activities and experiences linked directly to children’s interests.
We begin by looking at the individual needs of our children and – taking into account their different starting points, we then carefully develop our flexible EYFS Curriculum which enables them to follow the path of their learning journey, at a point, that is suitable for their unique needs and stage of development. Our children are taught new experiences from a familiar starting point. Themes are chosen to interest and inspire, whilst promoting the acquisition and application of language through phonics, reading and writing. Children in the early years learn through areas of continuous provision that provide a balance of child-initiated learning and adult-led focused activities to develop the key characteristics of learning;
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Our school motto is ‘be curious’ we believe that children who feel safe, comfortable and valued have a natural inclination to explore – and thus to learn.
By ensuring that the content, sequencing and progression in the areas of learning are matched with high expectations of children we aim to develop happy, inquisitive and hard-working learners. By consolidating and deepening their knowledge, understanding and skills across the areas of learning, we enable children during this stage of their learning journey, whilst preparing them for the next stage.