Early Years learning

At our schools, children are given the opportunity to learn, through play based activities, both indoors and outdoors. We also use the school grounds and local woods to support our learning.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven key areas of learning.
These are:

Prime areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our vision is that all children are happy, thrive and succeed during their first year at school. A carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by the children’s interests, ensures children are active participants in their learning and development.

Teaching and learning ensures that the opportunities to explore key skills within these seven areas are provided through an enabling, exciting and supportive environment.

Observation of children in their play, by all adults including parents, supports the curriculum and informs next steps in the children’s learning.

Cross-curricular opportunities are skilfully planned to enable children to maximise on learning together with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

Before the children start at school, there are several opportunities for the children to visit their new learning environment and staff in the school. The children are visited at home by two of the Reception Team and parents are invited to an open evening to find out about life at our schools before commencing their first day at school.

Enrichment opportunities are experienced throughout the year and provide learning opportunities for first hand, real life experiences. For example, we have had visits from the police during our “People who help us” enquiry and a sports coach to teach us Olympic skills during an Olympic themed day.

We learn with children from other year groups in the school during learning opportunities like “shared reading time” on our Hilperton site with some of the Key Stage 2 children.