We aim to give the children an exciting, enjoyable and happy start to their school life. We recognise that children of this age learn best when they are engaged in practical and meaningful play-based learning. We encourage independence and self-esteem, which enables children to access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We follow the children’s interests; and learning is varied and fun. Children become confident to engage in new learning activities, often making use of our excellent and popular outdoor classroom. We value the development of their social skills and their ability to play happily and constructively with their friends.
Literacy skills are developed through fun, practical activities. Children enjoy learning through role play and storymaking. This makes them happy and confident to begin the journey to become fluent readers and creative writers. Numeracy skills are successfully taught through practical and relevant activities; for example, children enjoy learning about money through playing in class shops and handling real coins.
Children learn about the world through our topic work and love using the outdoor classroom, wild area and enjoy frequent visits to the local parks and woods. For example, seasons are taught through hands-on experiences. Outside play is a priority and children are keen to take part in physical activities and games. By the end of their first year children have had an outstanding introduction to school and are eager and ready to make excellent progress in Year 1.