Swain House Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Dianne Richardson

Curriculum  »  Early Years

"I promise you every day, your child will learn something. Some days they will bring it home in their hands, some days they will bring it home in their heads and some days they will bring it home in their hearts." Valarie Welk

Early Years

Intent

At Swain House Primary School, we will:

  • Provide a curriculum that offers a range of first hand experiences and is meaningful, memorable and ensures that our children are ready for the next stage of their education
  • Provide a learning environment that puts stories and early language at the heart of it
  • Offer experiences which build on children’s existing knowledge and understanding in order to challenge, stimulate and extend their learning
  • Ensure our curriculum excites our children in order to encourage and develop their natural desire, interest and motivation to learn
  • Ensure quality and consistency in teaching and learning so that every child makes the best progress they can
  • Provide a secure foundation for future learning so that our children leave us as happy, confident and skillful communicators who are curious about the world around them
 

Implementation

  • Our curriculum will follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • We will introduce four themes with cross-curricular links and develop a wide range of vocabulary which will underpin learning whilst providing flexibility to follow children’s interests and ideas
  • The opportunity to learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively will take place both indoors and outdoors. Children will be able to make their own decisions about where they want to learn and teachers will ensure that there are opportunities for this learning
  • Through our knowledge of the children, we will plan exciting, engaging and memorable activities that will move learning forward
  • We will ensure there is a balance of whole class, guided, adult-directed and child-initiated play activities dependent on the nature and needs of the children
  • Sustained shared thinking will support staff to gain a deeper understanding of children’s knowledge and understanding
  • We will plan visits and have visitors in school to enhance learning and make it memorable
 

Impact

  • From their own starting points, all children will make the best possible progress and attainment across the Early Years. Children will be challenged to exceed their limits
  • Through our story led approach to learning, our children will develop social skills, speaking and listening skills, cooperation and resilience
  • Through our memorable and meaningful learning opportunities and experiences, children will be curious and show enthusiasm for learning which will continue throughout their school life and beyond
  • Children are confident to take risks and discuss their learning with adults, drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing
  • Our children leave Early Years with a wider sense of the world around them and can link this to their new learning



Early Years Curriculum
 

Early Years

We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to teach children in Nursery and Reception. This sets the standards that must be met to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The Early Years curriculum consists of seven areas of learning which are split into three prime and four specific areas. Prime areas are fundamental and develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences. They play a significant role in encouraging children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.
 

Prime Areas

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development

• Communication and Language

• Physical Development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.
 

Specific Areas

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the World

• Expressive Arts and Design
 

As children develop and learn at different rates, our curriculum is flexible to ensure it meets the needs of all learners. Through skilful interactions and observations of children, next steps are carefully planned by staff. Children are given opportunities to develop effective learning strategies to give them the skills to become lifelong learners.

The following characteristics of teaching and learning are an integral part of our Early Years planning and provision:

• Playing and exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.

• Active learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.

• Creating and thinking critically – Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.