Developing a love of learning
We understand that as parents, you want to ensure your child has the best possible start in life. Therefore you need to be secure in the knowledge that your child will enjoy their first experience of school and that they will be safe, happy, valued and stimulated. This is our aim in Early Learners and Reception classes, which together form the Early Years Foundation Department.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
We set out to achieve this by combining play and enjoyment with a carefully structured approach to learning. We follow the national Foundation Stage Curriculum which is organised around the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Within each of these areas there are a number of development matters and learning goals.
Learning goals in the Early Years
For each child, the class teacher is required to compile a ‘Learning Journey’ which shows how they are doing in each of the seven areas in relation to the learning goals. There are no tests involved, just observation, and this type of feedback is extremely informative and useful for parents. The learning goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Reception year, and in many cases our pupils have exceeded these expectations and will be working at the lower stages of Key Stage One of the National Curriculum.