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Curriculum

Curriculum

Across Early Years, we ensure that we cover the seven areas of learning and development requirements of the Early Years Framework:

Prime Areas 

Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development 

Specific Areas

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design 

We consider individual needs, interests and development of each child and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience in all areas of learning and development.

Our curriculum is guided by high-quality texts which capture the imagination of the children and from which we can develop meaningful learning activities.  Our children become Inventors, Storytellers, Scientists, Athletes, Doctors, Politicians, Naturalists (to name a few) - and that’s all just in one day!

We also draw inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning.  Originating in Northern Italy, the Reggio Emilia Approach promotes independence and creativity through the use of open-ended, natural resources and focuses on putting children at the heart of their own learning. At Weston Green, we achieve this through following topics which are based on the children’s personal interests, as well as involving pupils in collaborative projects and demonstrating through our ‘Working Wall’ displays, that skills and creations can be developed over time. An additional principle of the Reggio Emilia Approach is to ensure a sense of community. At Weston Green, we achieve this through our two-way relationships with parents, the completion of projects alongside local experts and regular celebrations of our pupils’ successes.

Across Early Years, there are many opportunities to take learning outside of the classroom. Our dedicated garden area enables pupils to enjoy their natural environment, have a go at gardening and investigate our Bug Hotel. Kindergarten and Reception children also benefit from regular Forest School sessions), led by our fully qualified Forest School Leader and Kindergarten teacher, Miss Carter, in enchanting local woodland. The Forest School ethos compliments the Reggio Emilia Approach, as it encourages children to use their imagination, solve real-life problems using their own initiative, persevere through trial and error, and cooperate with their friends. These memorable sessions build confidence and self-esteem and always end with sitting together, sharing stories based on pupils’ experiences and enjoying a well earned hot chocolate.

The opportunities provided for our youngest children are impressive.  Alongside the familiarity of important routines, we also ensure that no week is the same due to our immersive thematic curriculum, which is all based on the exploration of a good book. In addition to the aforementioned Forest School sessions, the children benefit from specialists who teach Gymnastics, Swimming, Yoga, Dance, Drama, Games, French and Music as well as access to excellent after school clubs. Delicious, freshly cooked lunches are enjoyed together in the Hall, providing vital social experiences alongside nutritious and healthy eating habits.  

 

Our Early Years curriculum is further enhanced by a number of trips and visits throughout the school year, such as Kindergarten’s popular trip to the Polka Theatre and Reception's trip to pick pumpkins at Garsons Farm. The children's performances to parents at Christmas time, Harvest and at other points throughout the year, also allow them to build their confidence and express their creativity.

Our unique approach to learning in the Early Years fits seamlessly with our Weston Green’s Learner Profiles, providing our youngest pupils with the wide-ranging skills that will enable them to become effective learners later in their lives, at Weston Green and beyond.

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