The Early Years encompasses all children in our Nursery and Reception classes. There are three Reception classes, one morning Nursery class and one afternoon Nursery class. There is one teacher supported by a teaching and learning assistant in each Reception class and one teacher supported by two teaching and learning assistants in Nursery.
We deliver a child-centred approach to learning as we believe that children learn in a variety of ways; through investigation, experimentation, listening, watching, social interaction, questioning, exploring and most importantly purposeful play.
A safe, secure environment is provided for the children in which to interact and explore rich and diverse learning opportunities. Learning is planned from the children’s interests and ideas, this ensures they develop skills and an understanding of the world around them in a way that excites and motivates learning. The outdoor environment is integral in our children’s learning and we make full use of the beautiful grounds the school is set in, as well as our outdoor classroom, to deliver a comprehensive spread of the curriculum.
Lessons with specialist teachers include Music, Forest School and PE.
There are four main principles in the EYFS.
The EYFS is split into seven areas of learning and development.
Three Prime areas- Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development, Communication and Language.
Four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.
The characteristics of effective learning that underpin all of these seven areas are:
Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children will work towards achieving the 17 Early Learning Goals. Please see the areas of learning to find out more about these goals.