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Early Years

OUR EARLY YEARS

Our Reception class and links with Broomley pre-school form a cohesive Early Years department, ensuring that your child's transition is seamless. 

 

The Reception year must provide every child with a feeling of security, being valued and the confidence to explore new learning. The Reception year is unique in that it can set the tone for later school life.

 

Children should have the opportunity to learn through play. Learning should be fun, engaging and suitably challenging. We value the importance of our outdoor environment and believe that it offers children the opportunity to develop their thinking and problem solving skills.

 

We are committed to providing our children with the best possible start to school life by teaching the skills and providing the experiences which will ensure well-being now and success in the future.

 

CHARACTERISTS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING

 
PLAYING & EXPLORING
 

Children are encouraged to play with what they know and to develop the confidence to “have a go.”

We are committed to offering children an experience that will foster a love of learning within a safe and stimulating environment.

We build secure and trusting relationships which allow our children to flourish.

ACTIVE LEARNING 
 

The indoor and outdoor environment is carefully resourced so that children become motivated to be independent learners. 

Children are supported to become more resilient: to keep on trying and achieve what they set out to do.

Children become more engaged; showing high levels of energy and fascination.

 

CREATING & THINKING CRITICALLY

 

As children engage in a broad range of activities in Early Years, they begin to actively think about the meaning of what they are doing. 

Children will begin to generate new ideas, make links between experiences and learning and become problem solvers.

 

PLAY BASED APPROACH TO LEARNING

The children will have the opportunity throughout their day to engage in play-based activities indoors and outdoors. They will have access to a variety of areas within the classroom where they can independently choose and lead their own learning. Play-based learning provides opportunities for children to actively and imaginatively engage with people, objects and the environment.  Children are naturally motivated to play. Our play based curriculum builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in an imaginative way.  

 

CURRICULUM

The curriculum in the Foundation Stage is taught through the Early Learning Goals. Our EYFS area is a carefully planned and well-resourced environment that caters for the various needs of a young child. We offer a broad range of experiences for the early years, both indoors and outdoors. Our Early Years team plan a range of purposeful activities which inspire and engage children as well as match the different levels of need.

 

There are seven areas of learning that shape our educational programmes.

 

 The 3 prime areas are:

 

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

 

Children are also supported within the 4 specific areas of:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. At Broomley First School, we encourage children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels. Our aim is to have an environment that is welcoming, friendly, supportive and challenging. We wish for both you and your child to have a happy and confident beginning to their school life at Broomley First School.