Early Years Introduction and Principles
Our learning and development opportunities are planned in an enabling environment around the needs and interests of the children and are assessed and reviewed regularly.
We offer equality of opportunity for every child, providing quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress from their starting point. We know that children develop and learn at different rates and in different ways and we adapt our provision to allow each unique child to become an independent leaner.
Early Years Curriculum www.foundationyears.org.uk
The three prime areas are:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design
Organisation of Learning
The learning environment is organised into two classes – Apple and Cherry - and the children have free flow between the two classes and outside area. Each day consists of independent learning sessions when the children select their own activities, whole class focus inputs and small group focus activities. We base our phonics teaching on the Jolly phonics scheme supplemented with other materials, and place an emphasis on the children seeing themselves as independent readers and writers as they move to year one.