Early Years (Nursery and Reception)
Nursery Topics for the Year
Reception Topics for the Year
We provide children with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal Social and emotional development
We support children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
Children experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Language and literacy is considered in a holistic way, taking account of the integral nature of the areas of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing which extend across all areas of the curriculum. We have weekly planned language groups for 10 minutes daily for targeted children.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
25/30 minute daily phonic sessions using Read Write Inc resources
Reception: Weekly Talking Tables sessions children listen/retell /act/write - focus time 1 hour plus other writing opportunities throughout the day.
Year 1: increased expectation of writing and sessions increase to an hour daily plus hand writing sessions.
Children have opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. We use a 'maths no problem' approach where children are provided with a hook and context of which to learn in
Child initiated opportunities and 15 minute daily carpet sessions and a weekly focus task 30 minutes
Understanding the world
In Early Years through child initiated and weekly planned activities, both independent and focused, we guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
In Year 1 the holistic approach continues in their curriculum by learning 'topic/science through writing'. This enables the children to make even more cross curricular links between subjects and to gain scientific and topic based skills while using key English and writing skills.
Expressive arts and design
We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. CI and weekly planned activities independent & focused.
We provide children with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Pupils have constant access to a range of physical activities in the outdoor provision.
In Y1 pupils take part in PE sessions covering the National Curriculum requirements.