In our Early Years class at Meldreth Primary, we have high academic ambition for all children. Our curriculum is designed to provide rich, varied and imaginative experiences that intends to enthuse, engage and motivate children to learn and achieve highly.
We value high expectations for all, learning through high quality play and developing the whole child are shared and promoted by all. Children benefit from meaningful learning experiences across all seven areas of the Early Years curriculum, enabling them to make links in their learning and to the wider world. A topic based curriculum design allows for this cross curricular learning with topic carefully chosen to reflect the interest of the children.
In our Early Years (Puffin) class there is a sharp focus on the prime areas of learning, including communication and language. A language rich environment and core texts used as a key stimulus for learning develops vocabulary and language skills for all children.
The implementation of our Early Years curriculum and care practices in place promote and support children’s emotional security and character development. The commitment to holistic development and clear focus on the prime areas of learning enables children to develop social and emotionally, providing and strong foundation for learning later on in their schooling.
Our Early Years principles are based on EYFS statutory guidance and the four overarching principles of good practice:
Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between school and home.
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Measuring Progress in Puffin class
Our Early Years practitioners use Development Matters to support the early learning of young children as part of daily observation, assessment and planning. It can also be used at points during the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements. You will be involved in this assessment through our parent Tapestry portal.
The age/stage bands overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When using Development Matters it is however important to remember that young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways.