Our Curriculum

Making a difference. All of our children. All of the time.

The best for every child

We want our children to become the best little people they can be and we cannot do that without you. Partnership with parents, carers, guardians and the wider family is key and has a significant impact on children’s learning and development.

We believe that all children deserve to have an equal chance of success.

What we want children to learn

We have used all the sources available* to think carefully about what we want our children to know and be able to do ready for each stage of their education. And although reading, writing and maths are very important we also think communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, physical development, understanding the world and expressive arts and design are equally as important and teach and develop these too. We also think carefully about how children learn and how we can foster these skills.

We want our children to be independent, curious, active learners with empathy and an understanding of others feelings, beliefs and culture. Persistence is key to helping all children learn and achieve better in all areas of learning so developing these skills underpins much of what we do.

We have thought carefully about sequencing and progression to build on learning and skills over time. This includes a focus on communication and language, early reading personal, social and emotional development and physical development as these underpin all learning.

Helping our children to learn

We want to give our children a range of experiences that will stimulate an appreciation of human creativity, a love of learning and respect of the natural world. We have thought carefully about how our children progress to where we want them to be but use their interests and what we know about our community to bring this into their play and experiences. We will share this with you in a number of ways including workshops, social media and Tapestry learning stories where we share what your children’s ‘wow’ moments and what they are learning with ideas of how to continue it at home. We plan our learning environments very carefully and change them to reflect the interests and needs of the children. We consider indoor and outdoor learning as equally important and believe that some learning is actually more beneficial outside. We use Forest School as a tool to develop many areas of learning.

Checking what our children have learned and experiences they need

For each of our children, we think about whether they are on track for what we want them to know and be able to for the next stage of their development or if they need a bit of extra support. Every child can make progress, if they are given the right support. We do this at the very start of their time with us and at other key points in the year. If you want to discuss this, please get in touch. If we feel your child would benefit from extra support, we plan to do this in a number of ways. It could be that we need to change the learning environment, scaffold learning through play or plan intervention. We would share this with you through communication, resource packs, workshops or through Tapestry. Sometimes children need significant support and this would be planned in conjunction with you through our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinators team. This support may involve other agencies as necessary. For more information on our SENDCO team and what to expect please see our SEND section.

We believe that communication and language is good for every child. We screen all children with Wellcomm (a speech and language screening tool) and provide support and interventions as necessary to ensure all children can achieve. We will share this with you.