The school’s intent for the Early Years Foundation Stage is to develop children’s self-confidence and independence as well as increasing their respect for themselves and others. We seek to develop positive attitudes towards learning where children demonstrate curiosity, persistence and self-motivation. We promote children’s appreciation of their own achievements and that of others as they become part of our school team and follow our school ethos of Care + Belief + Pride = Success

Many of our children arrive well below national expectations for their age and a high proportion come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We teach them how to listen, speak and meet the high expectations for behaviour by working together and being kind. As such, we prioritise personal, social and emotional development and communication and language in the Nursery curriculum.  We provide enabling environments and warm, skilful adult interactions to support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration. As the children move into Reception, we invest time into helping them set and reflect on their own goals by aiming high and developing a love of reading, writing and number.   Building our curriculum around stories and themes allows the children to be introduced to concepts that they may have not encountered.  We aim to provide children with an increasing amount of vocabulary that will fully support them as well as having a greater focus on teaching the essential skills and knowledge through the specific areas of learning.  Through Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design we aim to consider elements of Science, Geography, History, Art and Music concepts so children are prepared for the Year 1 curriculum.

We believe that play underpins the delivery of the EYFS and that children learn best through practical, hands-on experiences and interactions with their environment.  The best outcomes for children’s learning occur where most of the activity within a child’s day is a mixture of child-initiated play, actively supported by adults and focused learning.  Our curriculum is planned but is personalised to our children’s needs and interests and adults consider the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning; Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking when assessing children as we know that children learn at different rates and in different ways.