Early Years Curriculum

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Nursery Long Term Plan

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Reception Long Term Plan

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Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage (Reception and nursery), we plan to meet the needs and interests of the children in the setting.  We do this using our Tapestry Learning Journals which is where we track children's progress through the age related expectation from Development Matters (2012) and identify appropriate next steps for individuals and the class.

The seven areas of learning we cover in both the planned activities and the children's environment are:

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

To help us understand children's development and progression we monitor their characteristics of learning.  This is broken into three strands:

Playing and Exploring - Engagement Active Learning - Motivation Creating and thinking critically - Thinking
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things

Tapestry (Online Learning Journey)

We record our children’s activities on a system called Tapestry. This is a web based system which allows parents and carers to see what their children have been doing in school. In the autumn term you will be given log in details to allow you to access your child’s account. You will be able to see photographs, videos and descriptions of your child’s learning. It also allows you to make comments and add photographs from home.

Phonics and Reading Scheme

We use a systematic phonics programme to support early reading and writing.  The speed sounds are introduced in Reception and progress through to Key Stage 1.

We use a range of reading schemes for the children to choose from until they are free readers.

Useful Links

thumbnail of Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDEDDevelopment Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  We use this to plan for and track children's progress through Foundation Stage.  Please click on the image to view this document.

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