Hadrian Primary Early Years Foundation Stage
At Hadrian Primary School we recognise that the Early Years is the first step into school life and it is here where we must get it right in order to promote a love of lifelong learning. From our Nursery children though to Year 6 we believe and promote:
At Hadrian we aim to provide a curriculum that promotes children to be independent, confident and resilient and allows all children to flourish and progress from their starting points regardless of background, circumstances or needs. By designing a curriculum that takes into account children’s interests, we hope to inspire all of our children to enjoy learning and to reach their full potential.
We are incredibly lucky to have a rich array of cultures, languages and backgrounds here at Hadrian which allows our children to be sensitive to the fact we are all unique and different which is something to be proud of. Our curriculum ensures we cover a wide range of festivals and celebrations to allow our children to compare similarities and differences and provide hands on learning experiences and links within our local community.
To ensure all of our children make outstanding progress, we take into consideration each child’s unique starting points and meet children’s individual needs through our planning to ensure the correct support is given and any gaps within learning are addressed. We pride ourselves on our early intervention and strong links with outside services to ensure all children are receiving the correct support.
To ensure all of our children make progress, the most important thing is that our children are safe, secure and most of all happy in Nursery and Reception. All of our practice is guided by the four overarching principles of the EYFS:
At Hadrian, we get to know our children and our families well. We understand our children are all different and learn at different rates. We therefore work with individual children through their interests and play to work on individual next steps to ensure we move their learning forward. We know that before learning can take place our children have to feel secure and confident. We use the Leuven Scales of well-being and involvement to ensure our children are settled before moving forward with their academic learning.
. We have recently changed our environments to a neutral and natural inspired look as we have found this creates a more focussed and purposeful environment for our children. We aim to use lots of open ended resources to develop curiosity, imagination and language and vocabulary. Our environments are owned by the children and we encourage independence to access resources and use them how they wish.
The curriculum provides a play-based learning environment, where our skilled practitioners carefully scaffold learning during child initiated tasks, combined with focussed teaching and basic skill group time. We know that children do not learn in a linear way and there are many strands to our young children’s learning and ensure that our teaching is carefully sequenced to develop progress.
The children in both Nursery and Reception are provided with vast opportunities to explore both indoor and outdoor provision. They engage in planned, focussed activities as well as self-initiated and free flow activities. The learning experiences within our Early Years are linked to the seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS. These areas are split into three prime areas and four specific areas. The three prime areas are those which the children should develop first and are considered most essential for the healthy development of our children. These include:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and emotional development.
Understanding of the world
Expressive arts and design.