TPS Early Years
In all our REMAT schools we strive to deliver education at the highest quality for all our pupils. Our vision is to ensure that each and every child, no matter what their background or circumstances, reaches their potential and leaves us ready for the next stage of life. We promote life-long learning, which begins when a child enters our early years provision.
It is our intent that children who join early years make outstanding progress in learning. We achieve this through an ambitious, balanced curriculum, with the right mix of adult-directed learning and uninterrupted play and exploration. This sequential curriculum ensures children are able to learn new skills, knowledge, express themselves and grow in confidence.
The early years curriculum develops happy, curious learners with a thirst for knowledge and a positive attitude to school.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework with the four overarching principles and the characteristics of effective learning guiding our curriculum.
A unique child: Within our schools, we recognise every child is a competent learner who is resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to lifelong learning. We understand that all children develop at different rates and that sometimes children may need support with additional needs. We ensure that we are equipped with the skills to support early identification and work in partnerships with parents and other professionals to support all children to achieve their full potential.
Positive relationships: Within our schools, we recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families. Our key person system ensures that children settle quickly within our settings and assures families that staff have the best interests of their child at heart. We work in partnership with our local children’s centre to further develop and enhance our parental support.
Enabling environments: Within our schools, we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s learning and development. Our rich learning environments offer stimulating resources relevant to children’s development. Through observation and interaction, we continuously assess the children’s interests, stages of development and learning needs. We plan challenging, achievable activities and experiences to extend children’s learning.
Learning and development: Within our schools, we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We view all seven areas of learning as important and interconnected.
Communication and Language- Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop and grow their vocabulary; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations. This is achieved through daily story and song times, interactions with children pitched at the right level, speaking and listening time and an oracy based approach to the literacy curriculum. Intervention for the lowest 20% is provided through the Neli programme to ensure that children keep up and not catch up.
Physical development- Development involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. In addition to becoming knowledgeable about the attributes that contribute to healthy living. This is achieved through daily access to our outdoor environments; weekly forest school sessions; weekly PE sessions; termly early years wellbeing week; and fine motor enhancements.
Personal, social & emotional development- Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships, respect others, develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, understand appropriate behaviour in groups, and have confidence in their own abilities. This is achieved by allowing time for children to explore and play within our environment, implementing the Characteristics of Effective Learning and celebrating successes with the children through our COEL dinosaurs, sharing the EY behaviour blueprint with children including implementation of the Zones of Regulation.
Literacy- Within our schools, we use The Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of early reading. We begin this programme with our Nursery children in the summer term, this ensures that children are reading to begin the more formal aspect of phonics teaching at the beginning of the Reception year. It is our aim that by the end of the Reception year children are able to read and write short sentences and books using the sounds their taught sounds. We also ensure that children are exposed to high-quality literature through the use of our daily talk through stories sessions and favourite five. This allows children to develop a love of reading and supports vocabulary development.
We take a mastery approach to teaching Maths in the EYFS. We carefully plan for progression in:
*Cardinality and Counting
*Shape and Space
Maths is taught through daily focussed sessions, continuous provision and interventions.
In Reception Maths No Problem is introduced which leads into the maths curriculum into KS1.
Understanding the world- Our topic approach allows children to make sense of their physical world and community. By giving children opportunities to explore, observe, and find out about people, places, and the environment. Children benefit from our weekly Woodland Learning session which gives them space and time to fully explore the world around them. Within our topic provision map, we plan opportunities for children to develop their cultural capital through local visits to local museums and art galleries.
Expressive arts and design- we enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and material, as well as providing encouragement to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Our curriculum meets the needs of all children and supports them to make good progress from their individual starting points. During their time in our early years, children make excellent progress, with the majority of children reaching the national expectations which ensure children are ready to make the transition into Year One.
We regularly evaluate how children are learning and progressing using ongoing observational assessments. We supplement this by also measuring impact through learning walks, coaching trackers, analysis of formative and summative data, in addition to staff, pupil and parent voice.
- Further details of the sequential curriculum through EYFS and into KS1 and KS2 can be found on individual pages for each curriculum area.
- The gallery section on class pages also gives weekly updates about the curriclum.
In EYFS the following topics are taught to deliver the curriculum:
|Autumn 1||Me and My Family||Me and My World|
|Autumn 2||The Dark||Let's Celebrate!|
|Spring 1||People Who Help Us||It's Cold Outside|
|Spring 2||Down on the Farm||Transport|
|Summer 1||Watch Me Grow||The Garden|
|Summer 2||The Sea||Journeys|
Links are made from EYFS to KS1 through the end points documents for each curriculum area. These identify the key knowledge and skills that children need to know at the end of each year from nursery through to Y6.
Our VOCUS and overview documents detail our curricululm for the seven areas of learning for each term.
Communication and Language VOCUS Document
Physical Development VOCUS Document
PSED VOCUS Document
In Reception the children follow Maths No Problem. Se the coverage overview below for each term:
Autumn Term Overview
Spring Term Overview
Summer Term Overview
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design