Our Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) alongside the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which allows us to create a learning environment that encourages our children to inquire, explore, question, investigate, create, play, imagine and most importantly… have fun! This is carried out via a mixture of self chosen activities and adult initiated activities. The learning environment is set up so that children can move freely around defined areas for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, sensory play, science and mathematics. The children can access both indoor and outdoor environments and do so in all weathers.
There are seven areas of learning and development and all of these areas are important and interconnected. Three of these areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity, enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn and form relationships.
These three areas are called the PRIME areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are four SPECIFIC areas that are designed to build upon the PRIME areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Primary Years Programme focuses on the total growth of the developing child and is taught through six transdisciplinary themes. These are:
Who we are
Where we are in time and place
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet
Nursery and Reception will follow five of these six themes throughout the year to promote a broad, balanced curriculum that promotes self-esteem, encourages curiosity and develops problem solving skills through interactive play.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.