Early Years Curriculum Statement – Nursery and Reception
In the Early Years at Partington Central Academy we aim to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment with opportunities for children to learn and develop positive relationships with their peers and familiar adults. We aim to work closely with parents and carers and create an effective home school partnership.
Nursery and Reception are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old and its framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care.
The Early Years curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning. There are 3 prime areas of learning – Communication and Language Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; and Physical Development and 4 specific areas of learning – Literacy; Maths; Knowledge of the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.
Within each of the 7 areas there are progressive statements of learning which all lead into final statements called the Early Learning Goals. It is the expectation that the majority of children will have achieved these goals by the end of Reception.
It is our Intent at Partington Central Academy that ‘Our EYFS setting offers the children a broad, ambitious curriculum that enables children to become confident and enthusiastic learners. This curriculum builds on what children know and can do to ensure they have the skills and knowledge for their future learning.’
In Implementing our broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the key features of retention and progression both Nursery and Reception cover the same suggested themes and topics and use the White Rose Maths scheme and the Read Write Inc phonics scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression of children’s knowledge, understanding, vocabulary and key skills across the Early Years. It also enables us to work more effectively as an Early Years unit with regard to sharing resources, ideas, planning and enrichment opportunities and providing consistent experiences and expectations for the children.
In the Early Years at Partington Central Academy we use the Early Excellence Assessment Tracker (EExAT), as our online assessment system. It allows us to capture key moments of children’s learning and development, and assists us in planning experiences and activities for children. It also helps us to oversee children’s progress and development throughout their time in the Early Years and allows us to share key pieces of evidence and reports with parents relating to their child’s development.
In the Early Years, children will take part in a mixture of whole class activities, group activities and individual activities. Both the Nursery and Reception settings are split into key areas of learning such as writing, reading, creative, construction, role play, maths and sand and water. These areas are fully equipped and enhanced to engage, stimulate and extend the children’s development and learning. The children also have access to a newly developed outdoor area which supports and builds upon the experiences that they receive inside.
Early Years Topic Overview:
It is our aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which incorporates all 7 areas of the curriculum. Each half term we focus on a specific topic and from this all our learning and related activities and opportunities revolve.
The overview below is a working document and it is intended that it will change over the course of the year and from year to year. As a team we will consider the changing needs and interests of the different cohorts and the quality of resources and opportunities that we can provide and we will adapt the curriculum we provide as required.
Early Years Phonics Overview:
Children take part in daily phonics sessions. The purpose of phonics is to help children become fluent readers and writers. Phonics is taught in phases from Nursery through to Reception and beyond.
In the Early Years we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme of work and our EExAT developmental statements as a guide to teach phonics in a systematic and progressive manner.
In Nursery, the children will learn to distinguish sounds, recite familiar rhymes, listen to stories and in the Summer terms they will learn sounds and how to blend these to read simple words.
In Reception, the children will continue to learn to read the first 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words and then they will progress to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Alongside this, the children will read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words. The children will also write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say before spelling the words using the graphemes and tricky words that they know. They will practise handwriting every day and will learn how to adopt an effective pencil grip and how to form their letters correctly.
Early Years Maths Overview:
Children take part in daily maths sessions. It is our aim to create ‘cheerful not fearful mathematicians’ who have a lifelong love of maths.
In the Early Years we use the White Rose Maths scheme of work and our EExAT developmental statements as a guide to teach maths in a systematic and progressive manner.
Maths is split up into Number and Shape, Space and Measure. Each section is broken down into small steps and within the small steps, key questions are highlighted to help unpick the children’s understanding and to enable them to move forward with their learning.
Underpinning all our maths work are the ‘Five Counting Principles’ which we aim to make all children secure in. These principles are: the one-one principle; the stable order principle; the cardinal principle; the abstraction principle; and the order-irrelevance principle.
In Nursery, the children will learn to master these principles as well as becoming familiar with number songs and number games, sorting and comparing objects, rote counting and recognising and understanding numbers 1-5. They will also explore and manipulate shapes and blocks in their play, learn to sequence simple events and use and understand basic positional language.
In Reception, the children will build upon this learning and develop their understanding of numbers 1- 20 and investigate number bonds to 10. Children will learn to add and take away and learn about doubling, halving and sharing. They will explore making patterns and learn to order and compare objects linked to size, weight and capacity and learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.