Our Approach

Our Curriculum is what we teach and encourage for the children in our care - if you would like to know more, please ask one of our team.

 Rationale

 We recognise that each child is a unique individual loved by God and strive to offer a Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) where everyone feels happy, secure and valued. This enables everyone to thrive and grow, learn and develop and making the most of their abilities and talents.


Aim

To provide an excellent play and social setting within a loving catholic environment in the context of high quality learning opportunities.

To encourage children’s learning and development through the Early Years Foundation Stage (DCFS 2007) to enhance their understanding of the world around them and prepare them for school.

To work closely with families to share ideas and expectations of children’s learning and development

To provide an environment of trust and mutual support.

Objective

This will be done by:

Recognising that each child is unique and offering them opportunities to build confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and value their own achievements.

Promoting positive secure relationships with staff, families and other children

Providing an enabling environment where each child is safe and able to learn

Supporting Children to progress in all seven areas of development building a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world and themselves.

 

Unique Child

We recognise that every child matters, and that each child is unique. Therefore we recognise that every learning journey will be different as children and will learn and develop at different paces.

To ensure sure that each child’s learning and developmental needs are met each child is assessed when they start and at regular intervals through discussions with families.

Staff will take a genuine interest in children encouraging their interests and endeavours.

Each child is assigned to a key worker and children’s progress is monitored regularly through observation and recording.

Information is shared by staff and families so that together, children may be offered opportunities to learn and develop as individuals.

Positive Relationships

Children learn best when they have strong loving relationships with families and Early Years Foundation stage staff. All staff will get to know children well and each child will have a key worker to work with more closely who will show particular interest and encourage a child’s development

Staff all undertake training in early years development to support children to build confidence in themselves and to take manageable risks in play.

Parents and children will be involved in the planning to ensure that activities are appropriate for children’s development and interests.

An atmosphere of mutual respect, friendliness and kindness will be nurtured in all relationships between families and staff.

Enabling Environment

Children are provided with plenty of space both inside and outside to set up activities and to encourage energetic play.

There is a wide selection of equipment and resources. Learning is structured to challenge and interest children  enabling them to explore, play and talk in this way they progress spiritually, socially, intellectually, physically emotionally and creatively.

Equipment and resources are rotated regularly and that can be used in a variety of different ways. The space and all equipment is regularly risk assessed to ensure that the environment is safe.

Time, opportunities and resources are provided to encourage children of differing abilities and disabilities to learn and develop at their own pace.

Opportunities will be sought for visits and outings working with other agencies and  schools to prepare for transition.

Learning and Development

Play and Exploration

Children learn best through play.  Children will be offered opportunities to experience a wide variety of individual play, with other children and with adult involvement.

Active Learning

Children learn actively through physical and mental challenges. They will be offered opportunities to explore and investigate things that interest them, involving people, objects ideas and events.

Creativity and Critical Thinking

Children’s creativity and critical thinking develops with open ended activities and from opportunities to move equipment around both inside and outside to make new connections. Children will be encouraged to explore and try out new ideas sharing their thinking with other children and adults to improve their understanding.

Areas of Learning and Development

There are six areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage,  all are interlinked and equally important. As a Catholic setting we have the added the area of Spiritual and Religious development. Children will be offered a variety of toys, games and activities each day that will give them a chance to practise the skills, knowledge and experience needed to learn and develop.

These Areas are:

1. Personal social and emotional Development                                                         

2. Communication Language and literacy Development                                                       

3. Problem solving reasoning and numeracy                                                                          

4. Knowledge and understanding of the world.                                                                             

5. Physical Development                                                                                              

6.  Creative Development

  1. 7.Spiritual and religious Development

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Areas of Learning and Development

Personal Social and emotional Development

Our programme helps children develop

•Dispositions and Attitudes – helping children become interested, excited and motivated about their learning.

•Self-confidence and Self-esteem - helping children having a sense of their own value and understanding the need for sensitivity to significant events in their own and other people's lives.

•Making Relationships – helping children recognise the importance of children forming good relationships with others and working alongside others companionably.

•Behaviour and Self-control - helping children develop a growing understanding of what is right and wrong and why, together with learning about the impact of their words and actions on themselves and others.

•Self-care - helping children gain a sense of self-respect and concern for their own personal hygiene and care and how they develop independence.

•Sense of Community -helping children understand and respect their own needs, views, cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

 

Communication, language and literacy

Our programme supports children to develop:

♣conversational skills with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others;

♣their vocabulary by learning the meaning of - and being able to use - new words;

♣their ability to use words to describe their experiences;

♣their knowledge of the sounds and letters that make up the words we use;

♣their ability to listen to, and talk about, stories;

♣knowledge of how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information;

♣knowledge of the purposes for which we use writing; and

♣making their own attempts at writing.

 

Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

Our programme supports children to develop:

♣understanding and ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big;

♣understanding and ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects;

♣understanding that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big;

♣understanding and ideas about how to use counting to find out how many; discovering

♣early ideas about the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.

 

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Our programme supports children to develop:

♣knowledge about the natural world and how it works;

♣knowledge about the made world and how it works;

♣their learning about how to choose, and use, the right tool for a task;

♣their learning about computers, how to use them and what they can help us to do;

♣their skills on how to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them;

♣their learning about their locality and its special features; and

♣their learning about their own and other cultures.

 

Physical development

Our programme supports children to develop:

♣increasing control over the large movements that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift;

♣increasing control over the small movements they can make with their arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials; and

♣their understanding about the importance of, and how to look after, their bodies.

 

Creative development

Our programme supports children to develop:

♣the use of paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and

♣their interest in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.

 

Spiritual and Religious Development

•Children are encouraged to talk about themselves as special and to appreciate and explore God’s Creation.  They are introduced to short prayers to thank God and ask for His help.

•They are introduced to Bible stories and special celebrations in the story of Jesus.

•Children are also introduced to ideas of other religious festivals and how other cultures express themselves spiritually.

•In reception children are taught religious education Using “God Matters” programme of study. This programme of study encourages the children to engage, explore and express their ideas about God. There are 10 units of work which will be covered over the school year.