Our Curriculum is made up from a wide range of subject areas and learning dispositions. It is a curriculum designed to provide the best possible start for future school life and life long learning. It contains the foundations for language and literacy, creative development, mathematics, knowledge and understanding of the world, and physical development. Each of these areas are expanded and broadened through planned hands on social, creative and practical experiences.
The Curriculum is further broadened with a parrallel set of learning dispositions for the children's future success in life. Here we provide the foundations for collaboration, perseverance, problem solving, thinking skills, resilience, reciprocity, making links, generosity of spirit, inclusion and courageousness of thinking and doing.
We as practitioners provide experiences that stimulate all the above learning by planning small group times, whole class circle times, planning with the children, providing provocations, events and experiences that continually extend and deepen the foundation of the knowledge skills, concepts and understanding needed for life.
We hope you enjoy the photographs that give just a glimpse of Curriculum as it unfolds before our eyes in Early Years.
The Early Years Routine
The Early Years routine is designed to provide a stimulating and dynamic experience for our young learners. Time to socialise, learn, explore, plan, do, review, question, experiment, collaborate, problem solve, play, experience, challenge, create, sing, make music, read, write, paint, build, discuss...the list is endless. There are times where we all meet and learn together, times when we work in small groups or independently. Working from the children's current interests and questions, the adults plan group learning and experiences that are engaging, purposeful and builds on interests and skills across the curriculum. The children separate into Nursery and Reception for lunchtimes to eat and spend time together as a smaller group. In the afternoon the routine repeats with the same ethos. There is also time for children to work in small groups with staff across the phase, in Nursery or Reception groupings. On Fridays, the Reception children have sessions with P.E., French and art teachers. Please note - P.E. kit is not required.
Independent learning is a key skill for life. Here in foundation stage we are nurturing independent learning skills that children can draw on in the future. This includes, planning, doing, reviewing their work and independantly learning from their mistakes. Looking for improvements and developments in their work. We teach the children to manage their time well and re visit previous learning to further develop key skills.
Art: We have been mark making during small group time with a range of both wet and dry media.
Exploring dry media over wet.
Expressing and exploring shapes in painting.
Our Art studio.
Collaboration: this crucial learning disposition and life skill has been a focus in every area during nursery sessions. Children are learning to collaborate as they work and identify the benefits of collaboration on their outcomes.
Sustained thinking: here we are understanding that high quality work is often created through sustained revisiting, thinking and planning.
Drawing Spider-Man over some days.
Looking, seeing and concentrating over time.
Drawing and redrawing pumpkins.
Choice: choice stimulates thought, decision making and learning. We provide carefully provided choices to broaden the children's experiences. Here a wide range of shapes are provided for children to explore for construction.
The children take a letter bag home to explore the sound on the front and collect objects to bring in and review with the rest of the class. We then talk about this letter and what sound it makes, where abouts the sound comes in the name of a chosen object including stretching out the word, how many sounds there are and whether its a vowel or consonant.
Planning. The children plan their learning before work time.
During planning time the children plan their work and play. They plan through discussion and exchange of ideas. The Adults plan with an alongside them. Here some of the children are mind mapping their ideas and plans.
The chickens have arrived! And already there has been so much learning. We have balloted for the breeds we wanted - this involved learning about variation, reading and mathematics as we counted out the votes. We are collecting, counting and weighing the eggs carefully and recording the results. The children are learning about caring for and meeting the chickens needs - feeding, cleaning out and checking on welfare.
Variation. The children have been looking at a range of leaf shapes so they can better identify the properties of a Sycamore leaf. The Pine class garden is in danger of being overrun by Sycamore so we are weeding It!
Understanding variation is key to all learning - it is about spotting similarities and differences. We need to see similarities and differences between letters in order to read, between shapes to build, between numbers to calculate, between notes to make music - the list goes on. Here, as the children learn and recognise the properties of a Sycamore leaf in order to differentiate it from a strawberry leaf they refine their skills in spotting similarities and differences. Spotting the difference between a square and a triangle is simple one you have pulled out 10 Sycamore seedlings from a bed of mixed herbs!
Life drawing: looking, seeing, recording.
The skills of looking, seeing, expressing and recording are at the heart of all disciplines and are particularly important for early reading, science and mathematics. Here as part of a drawing project the children are observing themselves, looking at shapes, spacial relationships, proportion, texture and anatomy. The drawings are full of life and creative expression.
We have been watching eggs hatch in our very own incubator. This has provided so much learning for the children including knowledge and understanding of the world and has created lots of opportunities for maths, writing and ICT.