Our Curriculum

Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace.  Our keyperson system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child.  By developing appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which leads to nationally-approved EYFS learning goals and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum.

Personal, social and emotional development

Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence to try new activities and to speak up for themselves in a familiar group.  They are encouraged to choose their own resources for activities and to ask for help when and if they need it.   We talk with the children about their own and others’ feelings and behaviour, and they understand and  follow the rules as part of a group or class.  Children are encouraged to play co-operatively, taking turns and sharing with others.  They show sensitivity to others and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Physical development

A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allows children to develop good control, confidence and co-ordination.  A high level of adult supervision enables children to safely handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.  Children are taught the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating for good health.  They are encouraged to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully.

Communication and Language

Children listen attentively in a range of situations.  They listen to stories, and they are encouraged to anticipate key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.  The children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.  They are encouraged to express  themselves effectively and to show awareness of listeners’ needs.  We help them to develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events based on their own experiences.  A well-stocked and comprehensive book corner and role-play area supports this development.

Literacy

Children are encouraged to read and write and understand simple sentences by using phonic knowledge to decode regular words and to read them aloud or write them in a way that matches  their spoken sounds. Children are supported in their understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Mathematics

Children are encouraged to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.  A  range of songs, games, picture books and other resources help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.

Understanding of the world

We talk with the children about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  They are taught that not all children enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this.  Children are encouraged to explore and discuss the differences and similarities between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.    Children make observations of animals and plants and are encouraged to explain why some things occur and to talk about the changes.  The children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as the home or school, and they select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Arts and Design

A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore a wide range of media resources and materials to express their own ideas and feelings.   They are encouraged to use these resources in original and imaginative ways, thinking about uses and purposes.  They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.  Children safely use tools and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.