Harlands Primary School


Early Years Introduction and Principles

Early Years is an important exciting year and we aim to work in partnership with parents/carers to provide a secure foundation for future learning.
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 Early Years Foundation Stage framework explains the skills and knowledge children will acquire through seven areas of learning which sub divide into 17 aspects.
The three prime areas are:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning throughout their school career and allow them to fully access the four specific areas of:
• literacy
• mathematics
• 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.