Intent, Implementation and Impact 2020-2021
At St Stephen’s C of E Primary School, we offer a curriculum that gives every child the opportunity to engage with play through a stimulating environment. This provides exciting opportunities while promoting challenge, exploration, adventure and a love of learning.
It is our intent that all children develop physical, verbal, cognitive and emotional skills through the environment, which values all cultures, communities and people.
We aim to work together to with parents and carers to encourage enthusiastic, confident and independent learners who thrive and have opportunities to reach their full potential.
We recognise that warm and positive relationships between staff and children are key in developing a positive learning environment, which is crucial to providing a firm foundation for all of the child’s future learning.
The EYFS curriculum is designed flexibly to meet the needs of all individuals. At St Stephen’s C of E Primary School we support learning by providing play-based opportunities, which are individualised by observing the children and assessing where they are in their learning. We then offer playful and meaningful activities that take the children’s interests and the next steps into consideration. We do this through our Early Years Unit where Nursery and Reception children are taught together in a free flow environment. This consists of two well thought out and purpose designed classrooms, which are connected by a large well planned outside area.
We use the Characteristics of effective learning, playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically to underpin all the experiences we offer. The children engage in well planned focus activities as well as free flow or self-initiated tasks. We also use ‘in the moment’ plans, which helps us build on the children’s own interests and scaffold their learning in a more tailored and individual way.
Our curriculum then focuses on the seven areas of learning which are the three prime areas of learning, which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and communication and Language Development. As the children grow and develop in these
skills we include the four specific areas of development, which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World and Expressive Art and Design.
We prioritise creating a ‘language rich’ environment through the use of songs, nursery rhymes, stories and quality interactions between adults and children. Trained adults ensure that interactions are positive and progressive, allowing children to flourish and learn new words in order to become confident communicators. We use the CLPE literacy scheme, which promotes using quality key texts to teach and encourage speech, language, communication and problem solving skills. The children are encouraged to become early readers through the `enjoyment of books and the systematic teaching of phonics.
The children develop their mathematical thinking through direct teaching and exploration, we use the NCTEM ideas and activities and also Number Blocks, that promotes mastery. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real life experiences.
Our outdoor environment is very important in encouraging the children’s progress and has been developed through looking at research and responding to the children’s needs. all learning that can be done inside can also be achieved outside and often gives the children a more meaningful experience. We access the outside play for long periods of time every day and in all weathers.
Our curriculum and its delivery ensure that children make good progress from the time they join us in the Nursery until they leave the EYFS to move into Year 1. During their time with us children make good progress towards the national expectation for development at the end of the year.
Children develop their characteristics of effective learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Children are confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with peers and adults and draw on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.
We have high expectations for all our children, which we believe, are due to our carefully planned environment, enriched play-based curriculum, quality first teaching and the assessment process we have in place.