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
It also covers a number of specific areas:
Expressive arts and design
Understanding of the world
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.