Curriculum

Curriculum
 
The Early years Foundation Stage Document (EYFS) forms the basis for all the nursery plans (long term, medium and short term weekly and daily plans)
Areas of Learning, activities, resources are arranged to fall under the following curriculum headings as stated in Early Years Foundation Stage Document.
 
Prime Areas of Learning
 
  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development 
Specific Areas of Learning
 
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understamding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design
 The whole nursery staff draw up Medium term plans together half termly.  Staff plan weekly and daily in a more detailed way for their class and the area in which they are based.  These plans are displayed in the different areas of learning. You will see Continuous Provision Maps in all areas of the nursery eg Sand and Water, Playdough. These tell you what the learning opportunities in that area are. Photo displays show what can be done in each room. Key vocabulary to be focussed on, and open ended questions are also on display.
 
The school uses the programme "Letters and Sounds" as the basis for its phonics teaching. 
 
Children have free access to the outdoor area throughout the day.
 
Records and Assessments:

We use a package of assessment tools to measure attainment and progress and inform our planning. These include: 

All About Me Files (All Children)

 All about Me Files are unique to each child. They are a celebration of each child’s progress through nursery. They include:

  • Information about the child – family, pets, etc
  • Settling in notes and notes on child’s Personal Social and Emotional development
  • Incidental observations recorded on “Key Moments” sheets which may be post its, notes, photos showing particular milestones and achievements,
  • Extended observations where appropriate
  • Annotated examples of children’s work
  • Parents’ contributions eg “I am Proud “ statements
  • Information on a child’s changing interests

 Every child also receives an End of the Year Report summarising their progress through Nursery.

What do they tell us?

  • Individual children’s characteristics of learning, likes and dislikes
  • Progress in all areas of learning
  • Areas of strength and for development

0-5 Tracker (All children)

The school uses the 0-5 tracker to measure individual attainment related to Age Related Expectations (AREs) as defined in Developmental Matters in the EYFS (2012)

Children’s attainment is measured at Baseline, Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

 What does it tell us?

  • Where we are compared to other schools
  • How groups of pupils are performing
  • Areas of strength and for development

Every Child A Talker (ECAT) Assessment (All Children)

 The school uses ECAT assessment to identify children at risk of delay in the area of communication. This is used in 2 ways. 1) Children are assessed as types of talkers – Sociable, Reluctant, Own Agenda or Passive 2) Using an Individual Child Monitoring Sheet, children are assessed in 4 strands – Listening & Attention, Understanding of Language, Talking and Social Skills. Children’s attainment is measured at Baseline, autumn, spring and Summer Terms.

 What does it tell us?

  • Individual children who may need extra support
  • Attainment in CLL measured against age related expectations
  • Progress in CLL and some areas of PSE for individuals and groups
  • Areas of strength and for development  
Individual Play Plans

Individual Play Plans are written by the child’s teacher where a child has Special Educational needs. (SEN) These play plans are reviewed at least every term. Children may be given an IPP for a short time where there is a specific need eg a behaviour issue or over a longer period with a series of targets. All IPPs are shared with parents/carers

 What do they tell us?

  • How a child is progressing towards specific identified targets

If you would like more detailed information on our assessment policy, please talk to your child's key worker or download our assessment policy.