At Tregolls it is our intent that we know each child and ensure that the curriculum is accessible to all of our children.
Our EYFS curriculum enables our children to continually demonstrate their ability to:
- Play and explore
- Learn actively
- Create and think critically
You may see children interacting alone or with their peers, adults carefully observing or in positive interactions with the children; supporting their learning through sustained shared thinking, building on what children already know and focusing on the next steps of learning. We don’t expect every day to be the same and value the uniqueness of each child and each cohort.
The prime areas are a focus in the first instance; ensuring learning is child centred, valuing the basic needs of each child and supporting children to become independent thinkers and learners. Adults model how to look after and respect everyone and everything. Adults value and listen to children enabling positive relationships between peers and adults. This supports learners to manage their feelings and behaviour, problem solve and become independent thinking individuals who have the confidence to find things out for themselves and have-a-go, ensuring they have the foundational knowledge and understanding they need for ks1 and beyond. We believe all these things combined are the building blocks for learning.
By the end of EYFS we intend all children to be happy, confident individuals who tackle new challenges with resilience and independence; knowing they are valued and supported as they continue to be life long learners. As children grown older and these skills are developed, we use more direct teaching.
We use development matters to support our curriculum planning at Tregolls alongside the Early Years Statutory Framework. Our aim is for children to be working with the reception objectives throughout the reception year. At the end of the reception year each child's teacher shares their progress and whether they have achieved each of the Early Learning Goals.
Children will be encouraged to take part in a range of activities to promote learning in the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Activities are planned to enable children to follow their interests and ideas and to participate in a broad and balanced range of activities linked to the EYFS Curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their learning and understanding through their play and to have fun in a safe and stimulating environment.
Whilst at Nursery children can expect to experience:
- Settling in, learning routines and expectations
- Learning how to share, take turns and cooperate with other people
- Promote independence in self-care skills like putting on shoes/boots, aprons and washing hands
- Making new friends
- Recognising our own names
- Learning phonic sounds
- Playing imaginative games, talking to others and making up stories whilst playing
- Sharing photos of ourselves, our families and friends
- Sharing stories, songs, rhymes and poems
- Counting, sorting and recognising shapes and written numbers
- Enjoying music, musical instruments, dance, yoga, physical movement and games.
- Painting, drawing, printing, collage and clay
- Exploring malleable materials and ‘messy play’
- Using a variety of construction materials and tools
- Exploring and investigating sand and water using different tools and equipment
- Learning to use ICT equipment
- Exploring the outside environment and learning about the natural world
- Physical activity with large and small apparatus including bikes, scooters, tyres, sliding, and climbing
- 'Forest School’ activities