Early Years

 

The Early Years curriculum covers children from birth to 5 years and is followed both in our Bright Stars childcare and in the school nursery and Reception class. Children in the Early Years learn through play.

 

There are 3 prime areas:

 

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development

 

It also covers a number of specific areas:

 

  • Literacy skills

  • Expressive arts and design

  • Understanding of the world

  • Mathematics

 

Children are assessed on entry to our setting to find their own individual starting points. As well as direct teaching and activities led by staff, children are encouraged to explore the workshop areas inside and outdoors following their own interests. The Nursery and Reception classes also use the whole school topic as a starting point for learning.

 

 

Early Years Medium Term Plans

 

Medium term plans are compiled using a themed approach to learning. On introducing the new whole school topic, teachers work with the children to determine what the children would like to find out. This forms the starting point for each topic.  

 

Whole School Topics 2017 /2018

 

Autumn 1   Light and dark                       

Autumn 2   Exploring the past

Spring 1      The human body                     

Spring 2     Transport and travel

Summer 1   Supersize me

Summer 2   Tall ships

 

 

Examples of the questions that nursery and reception have chosen to investigate.

 

Light and dark          Nursery         Reception

 

Exploring the past     Nursery         Reception