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Aim High; Be Resilient; Take Care of Each Other.


At our school the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings, their experiences at home and provide first hand learning experiences, whilst allowing the children to build resilience, ambition and integrity. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that our first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling us to develop a lifelong love of learning.


Our intent is to provide opportunities for all our children to 'aim high' and develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who will know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is also a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. We aim to design a curriculum which will ensure that children will be well prepared for life in modern Britain. The EYFS curriculum is delivered through a thematic approach, which allows children to explore links across their curriculum; enhancing and exciting their learning whilst meeting  the needs of all individuals; which in turn will impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. We aim to ensure the children feel safe to try new things. The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin their learning and development across all areas and support them to remain an effective and motivated learner.


Below are our intent statements for each of the seven subject areas:


Communication and Language

To deliver an exciting, innovative curriculum which enables and empowers children's oral communication, creativity and improved vocabulary. 


Physical Development

To develop children’s experiences and enable them to achieve personal successes, the appropriate skills and confidence to partake in all sports. To understand the importance of being healthy and keeping themselves safe. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

To develop children’s understanding of building relationships, managing their feelings and behaviour and become confident individuals providing them with a foundation of life skills across all contexts (home/school/community) and time spans (primary/secondary/later life).



Literacy - Reading and Writing

Reading influences the thoughts, feelings and emotions of all of our children. Through our 'book talk' children develop opportunites to explore language, reasoning and comprehension across a range of genres whilst also allowing them to choose books for their own enjoyment and promote reading for pleasure. We carefully monitor the children’s reading at home and encourage parents to be fully active and engaged in order to support their child’s ongoing development. Children are supported to have the correct pencil grip and scaffolded to apply their own grapheme/phoneme knowledge to write in meaningful contexts as opportunities arise.



To develop a sound understanding of number through concrete, pictorial and abstract experiences, equipping children with the necessary skills for calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. They will explore and use mathematical vocabulary to describe a range of measures and shapes.


Knowledge and Understanding

To develop a sense of awe, wonder and discovery, observing and asking questions, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world. To develop children's knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and equip them with computing skills to support employment prospects for their future.  


Expressive Arts and Design

To develop children's imagination through role play, music, dance, drawing, painting and model making. Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about their uses and purposes



The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessment procedures and observations which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally. We measure the percentage of pupils achieving age related expectations by the end of the Reception year. The impact of our curriculum will also be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our school values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. We endeavour for our pupils to embody our school's core values to always 'Aim High', 'Be Resilient' and 'Take Care of Each Other'.


Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year and regular visits to and from the local pre-school. Children leave Reception with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community, ready to start the National Cutticulum in Year 1 the following academic year. .