Nursery & Reception
Nursery and Reception are run on a child-initiated basis where we are following the children's interests at all times and working with where they are to move them forward and ensure they meet their Early Learning Goals by the time they leave Reception. They are provided with exciting and varied opportunities both inside and outside that spark their imaginations, creativity and engagement. Underpinning all our teaching in the Early Years will be the characteristics of Effective Learning ("Playing and Exploring", "Creating and Thinking Critically" and "Active Learning") which show us "how" your child learns and what kind of learner they are.
"Teaching should not be taken to imply a "top down" or formal way of working. It is a broad term which covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges."
In Year 1, the children learn through play and are not given a specific topic to follow. This allows the staff to follow the children's interests. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are taught each term through continuous provision.