In the Nursery Class and the Reception Year, the curriculum is planned and resourced to take children’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued. The curriculum for the Foundation Stage is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The curriculum is planned in seven areas of learning and development; all areas are important and interconnected.


How do Children Learn in the Early Years?


Children learn through a play based curriculum focused around children’s interests. A day consists of:-


Direct teaching – an activity planned, structured and delivered by an adult to a child, group of children or whole class. This focuses on the direct teaching of skills and knowledge with a specific learning intention.


Focused activities– an activity planned by an adult that focuses on a specific learning intention that your child may complete independently or with adult support.


Child initiated learning – a self-initiated activity wholly decided upon by your child and is the result of their own motivation to explore a project or express an idea.