Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum
- We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum – Development Matters which develops skills, knowledge and attitudes in 7 learning areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
- Much emphasis is placed on Personal, Social and Emotional Development, particularly in the first term. Developing independence and being able to listen and contribute as part of a group is also one of the most important skills to acquire at this stage.
- Each day the children will experience being taught as part of a whole class group, a small group and in a one- to- one capacity. It is important that they thoroughly enjoy their time in these two foundation years, and leave with an enthusiastic attitude to learning, along with the relevant skills and knowledge.
- Forest School – each week the children spend time outside in nature, learning from the world around them. Sessions are led by our Head of Nursery who is also a qualified Forest School practitioner. We visit our local green spaces such as Harvard Hill Park, Chiswick House Gardens and the Gunnersbury Triangle. Each season brings with it a new canvas to learn from. Small children need space to develop their physical skills and Forest School gives them the space to do this and so much more. We learn to take calculated risks, climb trees, roll down hills and get our hands dirty in the mud. Please click HERE to read more about our Forest School offering.
- Each half term has a theme (which provides a focus for the children’s learning) and activities with clear learning objectives. A lot of these planned activities are practical and self-initiated in nature as this is how young children learn most effectively. There are also opportunities for the children to participate in free flow learning, whereby their developmental milestones are recorded.
- The children have PE with a specialist teacher and also participate in planned activities (covering all 7 areas of learning) outside on a regular basis – they need lots of active outdoor play!
- Music is taught by a specialist teacher and the children also regularly sing, play music and dance with the nursery staff as well.
The afternoon curriculum is an exciting part of the day with the children participating in a variety of different clubs such as cooking, painting, and science. Each afternoon is centred around the Early Years Framework and gives our children additional opportunities to develop and foster a love of learning.