Our effective early years curriculum is provided through a well planned and carefully organised classroom and outdoor environment. Equal importance is placed on learning in both the inside and outside classroom environment. Young children need opportunities to experiment, explore, investigate, observe and plan, implement, be imaginative and creative, and reflect upon their work and experiences.
The philosophy underpinning the Foundation Stage curriculum is that learning should be planned and structured with an emphasis on fun, relevant and motivating activities. The Early Years in school are known to be particularly influential in developing the skills and attitudes necessary for children to ‘learn how to learn’.
The areas of learning we focus on are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Learning through play
Play is an excellent learning medium and structured play activities are an integral part of the planned curriculum. Provision of role play opportunities throughout the school offers children the opportunity to develop social, communication and problem-solving skills, explore ideas and relationships, co-operate with others and work collaboratively in small groups.
Research has shown us that young children learn best by being actively involved, making sense of the world through exploring objects and materials.