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Intent

We are dedicated to supporting the personal, emotional and individual needs of our children and these remain at the heart of our curriculum approach. We offer an engaging and nurturing environment which is largely play based including whole class and group directed sessions. We have a free flow environment using indoor and outdoor classrooms and encourage children to be independent and make their own decisions. By promoting confidence, resilience and curiosity we provide the children with the skills they need as they move through their next stage of development and become lifelong learners.

 

Implementation

Following the Statutory Framework for the EYFS we have created a curriculum based on the programmes of study. We have devised outcomes and provision based on the needs and interests of our current cohort of children using our observations of them within play, conversations with parents, pre-school transitions and knowledge of our local community. We understand each child is an individual so teaching and planning responds within the moment to reflect the current developmental needs of each child.

Our provision and resources are carefully planned to meet the needs of all children by providing them with opportunities to explore, develop and embed new skills. Adults support within in the environment to move learning on through play as well as directed teaching of phonics and maths.

Year R Provision

The children learn through play in an interactive and exciting setting that encourages them to explore and make sense of their own surroundings. They have access to both the indoor and outdoor areas whatever the weather to support their learning. 

Impact

Area of Learning (Intent)

Implementation

Impact

 

Communication & Language

  • Language Screen Assessment
  • NELI Intervention
  • Weekly special words with definitions
  • Daily story and song time
  • Topic book – pre-teach
  • Planned purposeful texts
  • NHS S&L Plans/EHCP targets
  • Facilitating learning – open questions
  • Narrating play & Parallel Play
  • Practical & Visual learning

 

Children will use new vocabulary and communicate with confidence. They will build positive relationships, form friendships and learn by listening, talking and questioning.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Zones of Regulation
  • PATHS / PSHE
  • My Happy Mind
  • Social skills groups
  • Child of the Day compliments
  • School values
  • Leuven scales
  • Enabling  environment
  • Autumn 1 focusing on settling and forming strong relationships with adults and peers
  • COEL

Children will recognise and communicate their feelings.  Children are provided with experiences and support to help them develop a positive sense of themselves and of others.

Children will develop skills to become independent and effective learners.

Physical Development

  • Kinetic Letters
  • Outdoor provision
  • Fine motor skills
  • Weekly directed teaching of PE

 

Children will develop the gross and fine motor skills needed to have an active lifestyle and build the muscle strength required for writing.

Literacy

  • Daily phonics - directed teaching
  • Weekly special words and definitions
  • Decodable books linking to phonic knowledge
  • 1:1 reading
  • Shared writing and reading - directed teaching
  • Helicopter stories
  • Book corners
  • Access to planned purposeful texts in environment
  • Mark marking areas
  • Kinetic letters
  • 1:1 or small group writing
  • Sound books and tricky words sent home
  • Reading books sent home

 

Children will become better listeners, readers and communicators. Children will use their phonic knowledge to read and write simple sentences.

Mathematics

  • Directed teaching of maths
  • Number of the week
  • Enabling environment for exploratory practical play
  • Outdoor environment
  • Facilitated learning and open questioning to promote problem solving and reasoning
  • Maths texts
  • Children’s learning tracked and revisited throughout the year

 

Children will be confident to explore and understand numbers to ten and they will develop skills such as problem-solving and reasoning.

Children will recognise and describe shapes and patterns within their environment.

 

Understanding the World

  • Weekly special words and definitions
  • Enabling environments
  • Year R garden
  • Outdoor provision
  • School visits
  • Special days
  • Planned purposeful texts
  • History artefacts box
  • Environmental walks
  • Oral hygiene collaborating with Crest
  • Farm visit
  • Observation of a life cycle
  • Directed teaching of concepts

 

Children will develop a love of life and our world and be able to make sense of their physical world and their community. They will be able to talk about why things occur and how and why things change. They will develop an understanding of the past and learn how other children are different to them. They will be able to identify different types of technology and what they are used for.

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Nativity performance
  • Harvest performance
  • Outdoor provision - stage
  • Enabling environment
  • Directed teaching of techniques and skills

 

Children will develop their imagination, creativity and ability to use different medias and materials. Children will explore music by combining and changing sounds. Children will gain confidence to perform in front of others.

Cultural Capital

  • Staff recognise that each child has limited experiences based on their own personal circumstances and plan in further opportunities such as:

 

Diwali day

Church visit

Police visit

Firefighter visit

Farm visit

Soldier visit

Holi day

Kenya day

Nurse visit

Science experiments

Library visits

Theatre company visit

Eid al-Fitr day

Baking experiences

 

  • 30 things to do before you are 6 shared with parents on Tapestry
  • Cultural capital display

 

Children will have exposure to opportunities and will experience the awe and wonder of the world in which they live, through the seven areas of learning.

Reception Year (YR or Early Years)


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum consists of the prime areas

  • Communication and Language (Listening, Attention, Understanding, Speaking)
  • Physical Development (Gross and Fine Motor Skills)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships)

 

And also the specific areas

  • Literacy (Comprehension, Word, Writing)
  • Mathematics (Number, Numerical Patterns)
  • Understand the World (Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities and The Natural  World)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Creating with Materials, Being Imaginative and Expressive)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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