In the Early Years at Otterburn Primary School the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home, 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.
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. Children leave the Early Years with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community, ready to start the Year one class the following academic year. They have the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
Across our EYFS, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In the summer term the nursery children who are about to become reception will begin to learn their phonics using the RWI programme in accordance with the schools phonics policy. Children in the reception year will also be following the RWI programme.
The impact of our curriculum is measured by ongoing assessment which is recorded daily on tapestry by all staff and shared with parents. The impact of our curriculum will also, in fact, be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens.