We have a clear view of aims, purposes and intended outcomes of children’s activities. Play and activity based learning is central to the balanced Early Year’s Curriculum provision. We use a wide variety of teaching approaches to support, extend and become actively involved in the children’s learning.
A curriculum map is devised for each term. This map is then used to plan learning objectives selected from the curriculum framework. Our planning objectives are broken down into activities to enable learning outcomes.
The Early Years department works closely with the school’s Music Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language therapists and other agencies to support the needs of individual pupils. Observation is the key to assessment in young children. Progress is observed, recorded and monitored using the Early Years Profiling system and this links to the School Assessment Policy. An observation board is used and individual profile books by teaching staff and teaching assistants to regularly record pupil’s progress. We place value on parental input as is highlighted through our communication books.
To ensure that we build on the knowledge and understanding a child brings to school, on entry we establish our starting points for the individual child. The Nursery and Reception use a Foundation Stage document. The Early Years Co-ordinator will monitor the development of this policy through planning sessions, classroom and display focused observation and be available to assist in the year groups planning and teaching of the curriculum. The headteacher and governors will make focused visits to observe this development.
Parents are invited and welcomed into the Early Years class on a regular basis. We encourage parents to be an active part of their child’s learning. We communicate by talking to parents, through the home/school books and letters sent home.
All parents are welcomed into the school. It is advisable to phone and book an appointment with the class teacher in advance in order to avoid staff meeting nights and other events.