Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
(Nursery and Reception Classes)
Our Key Values & Vision
At Edmondsley Primary School our key values in Early Years inform our vision, curriculum, provision and practice. They underpin everything that makes Early Years at Edmondsley, ensuring that our children have the best possible start to their school journey. We:
- Provide experiences to encourage a love of the natural world
- Provide opportunities to learn about our immediate environment and local area (Edmondsley)
- Promote a love of reading and develop reading skills
- Promote independent learning
- Promote an awareness of healthy lifestyles (mental, wellbeing, physical)
In Edmondsley Primary School, Early Years staff work together towards achieving our shared vision.
- We provide opportunities for children to develop a sense of awe and wonder of the natural world. Children are encouraged to be ecologically aware and show respect for the environment and others.
- We provide experiences both in and outside of school to promote knowledge of the wider world. This results in language development and social confidence.
- We provide children with quality reading materials, which act as a stimulus or enhancement to learning experiences.
- We aim to create independent learners who are able to show curiosity and drive their own learning. Children will be equipped with the skills to manage their own risk and take responsibility for their actions.
- Health and wellbeing to be a fundamental part of the school’s curriculum as this forms the bases to all other learning within Early Years and beyond.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Intent
We aim to provide a curriculum that meets all aspects of the Statutory EYFS Framework enabling children to;
- Respect and care for the world around them.
- Know and talk about the world beyond Edmondsley.
- Experience a language rich environment.
- Be independent learners.
- Take care of themselves and others.
- Meet the expectations as outlined in the EYFS framework
- Develop the expected skills for reading, writing and number
- Be prepared for learning beyond the Early Learning Goals and into Key Stage 1
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Implementation
In order to implement the curriculum effectively, we will:
- Work closely with families to gain an understanding of children’s starting points and previous experiences. We use this knowledge to extend learning throughout their time in early years.
- Provide both child and adult led outdoor opportunities daily to experience the world around them.
- Provide visits, visitors and real experiences where possible in addition to the enhancement of provision to reflect the wider world.
- Have a daily group story time and repeated reading of key texts.
- Weekly planned circle time sessions with a personal, social and emotional focus.
- Daily snack time to discuss healthy body and healthy mind.
- Provide well-planned activities that promote learning in all areas of the EYFS to help children achieve the ELG and beyond.
- Provide progressive experiences and teaching sequences in order to develop reading writing and number skills
National Curriculum (Year 1 to Year 6)
Edmondsley Primary and Nursery School is committed to providing an education that includes and stimulates all children, regardless of ability. We have pupils with a wide range of abilities and different needs and endeavour to include them in all activities, providing them with the opportunity to fulfil their full potential. We recognise that some pupils will need extra support and adaptations to access the school curriculum and to participate in school activities. This policy gives details of our approach and action we may take to support the pupils in our care.
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem
- To work in partnership with parents, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement
- To regularly review the policy in order to achieve best practice
Pupil assessments are carried out each term and those children needing extra support and/or those who are underachieving are identified. Individualised interventions and support plans are put into place to accelerate progress. Support plans are written in collaboration with the family and child to provide the best level of intervention.
Progress of the child is closely monitored by the SENCO and class teacher in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the support and interventions being delivered. Teachers, children and parents meet termly to discuss the child’s progress and new targets are set for the forthcoming term. If a child is not making progress with intervention advice from relevant outside agencies would be sought.
School Curriculum Intent
Our school curriculum is designed:
- to provide a relevant, progressive and well-structured academic curriculum which enables children to develop and master a broad knowledge and wide range of skills in a language rich environment.
- to provide ambitious and challenging learning experiences indoors and outdoors which motivates and inspires all learners.
- to enable our children to be respectful and successful in terms of being able to find employment in the future, to maintain healthy lifestyles and to be moral citizens.
School Curriculum Implementation
Children in KS1 and KS2 will receive:
- Daily fluency teaching in Mathematics
- Daily phonics teaching in KS1
- Weekly spelling teaching in KS2 and KS1
- Weekly basic skills teaching of grammar and handwriting
- Daily English lessons of which one must focus on the teaching of reading skills.
- At least one weekly guided reading session (KS2)
- Story time daily linked to topics and child interests
- Daily Maths lessons, including problem-solving and reasoning.
- One History/Geography lesson per week
- Two PE lessons per week
- One computing lesson per week
- One RE lesson per week
- One PSHCE lesson per week
- One Art/D&T lesson per week
- One music lesson per week
- One MFL lesson per week (KS2)
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