EY Curriculum Statement
As an Early Years team, we aim to:
- Provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, where children can become confident, independent and resilient learners.
- Enable every child to reach their full potential, and to maximise their unique gifts.
- Guide our children to be supporting, kind, sharing and generous with one another and develop their social skills to build relationships with other children in our school.
- Provide an ambitious, inspiring and high-quality curriculum underpinned by the principals of Development Matters which enables children to develop a love of learning and a positive attitude to education.
Our Nursery and Reception classes follow the framework laid down in the EYFS statutory framework which aims to support children's development in seven areas of learning and development.
The three prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
There are also four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The teaching of these areas of learning is practical and playful with support and challenge from adults in class sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals. There is a combination of adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as a wealth of stimulating continuous provision opportunities. Throughout all these areas of learning and at the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”. At St Patrick’s, we strive to develop these key characteristics of “Playing and Learning”, “Active Learning” and “Thinking Critically” in order to give the children the skills that they will continue to draw upon throughout their development. All the crucial skills, knowledge and vocabulary that we teach are presented to the children throughout the year which encompasses a range of topics, which are designed with their interests in mind.
Our learning environments, both inside and outside are also adapted regularly to meet the different and developing needs of the children in our care. We aim to ensure that these areas are always stimulating and exciting and that, importantly, they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are on their learning journey. The environments are developed to promote independence within our children and allow them to access the curriculum independently and confidently with the necessary level of support and challenge.
Within our EY Curriculum, children are assessed continuously through accurate and important observations. These provide us with information for future planning, not only for our individual classes but also for individual children’s next steps in their learning. They enable us, as EY practitioners, to ensure learning is embedded and consistent and that all children continue to make progress within our EY setting. St Patrick’s EY team strongly believes that the beginning of our children’s educational journey and igniting the flame for learning helps them develop key life skills such as independence; innovation; creativity, enquiry; analysis and problem solving.
The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally. We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in prime and specific areas are in line with age related expectations or are achieving their potential considering the varied starting points of the children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials, but always considering Age Related Expectations. We intend that the impact is that children will be academically and physically prepared for life in further education and in Modern Britain and the world. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours, we see each day in all our children on the playground, in corridors, and in the many roles we give them. The children don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.