Our vision is to enable children to be kind, curious and individuals who will always try their best. It is our aim to guide the development of children’s capabilities with a view to ensuring that all children are ready to benefit fully from the opportunities ahead of them. We will create purposeful indoor and outdoor areas that promote speech, language, independence, happiness, security and self-discovery that are fun for children to take part in. We recognise the importance of outdoor learning which is designed to have a positive impact on the children’s social and emotional well-being and development. There will be high expectations for all children to make good progress, no matter what their starting points. Through careful monitoring and interventions where necessary, we will ensure children’s learning is progressed effectively so that the children progress at their own rate and flourish in our care. Quality support, varied questioning and appropriate challenge will be evident throughout the setting and through quality first teaching, we will ensure that all children achieve the best that they are capable of.
We believe that children learn how to learn through their play. As such, play will be purposeful and children will be encouraged to discuss what they are doing at every opportunity whilst they having fun. Children will have the support of engaged adults who will help to promote high levels of oracy. We recognise the importance of developing well-rounded and sociable individuals who are motivated to learn through the modelling of positive interactions and language at all times.
We aim to offer a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning using continuous provision, small group and whole class activities. Daily provision will build upon previous learning and interests that children bring to the setting.
At the start of the year, planning will focus initially on quality play opportunities across the seven areas of learning with more guided group teaching as the year progresses. We will ensure that children engage in learning where they can be the decision makers and where they can use their creativity. Some activities will be created by the adults yet predominately led by the children, rainbow challenges will be formulated to consolidate previous learning and other experiences are designed by the children with the adult extending their thinking and ideas by facilitating their play. Staff will observe, listen attentively, help where necessary and support learning in a nurturing way. Staff will record evidence if they feel it helps to plan the next steps for the child or helps to plan future engaging experiences.
Through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, we develop children’s active learning skills and help them to understand and respond to feedback. Persistence is valued and praised as we strongly believe that in order to develop resilience, we must teach children to be independent learners who problem solve for themselves and know to keep trying and how and when to access help. We will celebrate their abilities and strengths and help them understand that mistakes are valuable learning experiences.
In order for our children to progress and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need for success, we look at their work, observe their learning experiences, carefully analyse data, measure progress and ensure all staff are aware of next steps and expectations. Effective communication between all staff and parents/carers is vital and we endeavour to do this by building positive relationships with parents/carers through frequent home school communication.
Planning will be thorough and adaptable as we are aware that children progress at different rates across the different areas of the curriculum. Phonics will be taught methodically once a day but will also be explicit within the provision. Additional intervention, support and keep up groups will scaffold children who may not be reaching their full potential including our disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Also, children who are achieving well, will be challenged in their learning to ensure they continue to make good progress. Differentiation will be clear within our setting either by the task the children are involved in or the outcome.
Children’s independence will be encouraged. Children will be challenged to discover answers for themselves. Adults in the setting will model activities with enthusiasm and there will be high expectations for all children at all times. The reception staff ensure that the learning environment for the children is fun, happy, safe and caring and is an encouraging place to be and learn.
Observations and assessment will be of high quality and team discussions will enable us to monitor progress across the EYFS curriculum and intervene where needed to support children’s areas of development. We strive for a high percentage of children achieve the ELG’s at the end of the year. Children will flourish in our care because they will have the confidence to ask questions, work on feedback and support their friends. We hope to have created independent learners who will be honest, have respect for others and will have the ability to solve their friendship problems independently, where possible. Children will enjoy learning.