We have created a structured yet flexible curriculum for all years, including the Nursery, and we give equal value to intellectual, creative and emotional development. Children are inspired to ask about how and why from a young age.
The early years education Years (age 2-5) that we offer our children is based on the following principles:-
It builds on what our children already know and can do; it ensures that no child is excluded or disadvantaged; it offers a structure for learning that has a range of starting points, content that matches the needs of young children and activities that provide opportunities for learning, both indoors and outdoors; it provides a rich and stimulating environment.
The curriculum of the Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children's: Personal, social and emotional well-being, positive attitudes and dispositions towards their learning, social skills, attention skills and persistence, language and communication, reading and writing, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development and creative development.
When children make the transition from the Foundation Stage (Key Stage One, age 5-7) we build on their prior knowledge to provide a rich and varied curriculum. Confidence building is our aim and emphasis is placed on good social and communication skills.
The main academic focus is on developing the strong foundations already made in Nursery and Reception, particularly in English, Maths and personal and social development. Reading is at the heart of learning, and much of our time in the classroom is spent fostering these skills, using spoken and written language, in a wide range of activities.
All National Curriculum Key Stage 1 subjects are taught in exciting and varied ways, with the addition of French, Spanish and Religious Studies. Each child is encouraged towards excellence, at a level tailored to their needs.
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