Our Early Years Curriculum
Our early years curriculum has been designed to engage the children in their learning and create a meaningful context for the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage objectives. We have built our teaching and learning experiences around a variety of exciting themes.
Our curriculum provision will follow a discovery-based approach in which the teacher facilitates learning through the use of questions, driving the process forwards while promoting independent, deep thinking in the children. We will take into account the children’s interests as well as current levels of knowledge and understanding in order to tailor the learning to meet the needs and interests of each child in our care.
We believe that an effective curriculum must be engaging and get the children ‘buzzing’ about their learning. Therefore, we have built our teaching and learning experiences around a variety of exciting themes that will provide a meaningful context for the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum objectives. Some of our topics include:
- Let’s Celebrate
- A Bugs Life
- Tooth Tales
- Fantastic Food
To capture the children’s interest, every new theme will begin with a ‘Sparkly Starter.’ This will comprise of a shared experience that launches our topic and allows staff to establish the children’s current levels of knowledge and understanding. From this we will be able to tailor more precisely the learning that follows so that we are able to meet the needs and interests of each individual child in our care. To ensure that we sustain the children’s enthusiasm, our themes will change regularly. As our learning within a particular topic comes to a conclusion, we will celebrate the journey that we have been on together with a ‘Fabulous Finish.’ Through these occasions we hope to embed the skills that the children have developed as well as create treasured memories of their first year at school!
Most of our themes will be centred around, or supported by, stories from popular children’s literature because we believe it is important to develop a love of reading in our children from the outset of their education. Furthermore, stories can provide a wonderful way into a topic, engaging and motivating the children in their learning, as well as offering many opportunities for related, creative activities.
Our Curriculum provision will follow/be a discovery-based approach in which the teacher facilitates learning through the use of questions (What did you discover? What would you like to find out now?), driving the process forwards while promoting independent, deep thinking in our children. Although topics will be planned and carefully thought-out, we intend to operate a level of flexibility which enables the direction that the learning takes to be driven by the children’s individual interests and curiosities.