Each of these areas is implemented through planned and purposeful play and a careful mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Pupils experience this exciting curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, and it is designed to age appropriate and to meet the needs of all our children. The curriculum is creative and play-based and challenges each child to achieve their individual potential. Whilst in nursery and reception, pupils are encouraged to become independent and active learners through effective teaching and learning opportunities. This is delivered through play and exploration. Active learning and creative thinking are critical to each child’s development. We ensure that there is a balance of creative adult-led activities and opportunities and resources for children to initiate their own learning both indoors and outdoors. This inspires them to gain a curiosity of the world around them, develop their social skills and be motivated to try new activities.
A great emphasis is placed on the notion of play as it is through this means that children experience stimulation, well-being and happiness. To ensure that children are continually stimulated and interested, we plan and provide suitably challenging and motivating activities to their individual interests and support them in these through careful and sensitive adult interactions.
Learning and teaching is planned to enable the majority of pupils to achieve the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning by the time they transition from reception into key stage one. Pupils’ progress is regularly assessed so that staff can plan effectively to support the development of each child.
Children are given opportunities to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, respond to adults and each other, listen carefully when appropriate and have opportunities to explore, enjoy and learn through a language-rich environment.
Pupils attending our Early Childhood Centre engage in high-quality learning experiences both indoors and outdoors.