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Early Years Overview

Our statement of intent for our whole school curriculum is to ensure our pupils develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to achieve fulfilling lives. The Foundation Stage is the start of our pupils’ school journey towards achieving this important purpose. The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven key areas of learning. At St Tudy, children are given the opportunity to learn through play based activities both inside and outside.

The first three are known as the prime areas and these are the main focus for learning in the nursery. In reception we continue to focus on the prime areas and develop key skills in the other four specific areas:

> CL
> PD
> Literacy
> Mathematics
> Understanding the world
> Expressive arts and design

Teaching and learning ensures that opportunities to explore key skills within these seven areas are provided through enabling, exciting and supportive environments. Observations of children in their play by adults, including parents, supports the curriculum and informs next steps in the children’s learning.

Before the children start at St Tudy school we invite them in the summer term to come and join in with our Learning Together sessions. The class teachers also visit the children in their current settings to enable a smooth transition into school and opportunities for key people to share information about the children. We strongly believe that parental partnerships are essential to support the children in their learning.

We believe that a strong relationship with parents is essential and work closely together with them. We provide some information sessions for our new parents in how to support your child in their learning such as reading and in maths.

Our vision is that all children are learn, grow and flourish. A carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by the children’s interests, ensures children are active participants in their learning and development. Enrichment experiences enhance the children’s learning, they are planned throughout the year and provide real life first hand experiences including trips, outdoor learning and workshops provided my external professionals.

We follow the Read Write Inc approach to teaching Reading and Phonics, supplemented with additional reading materials. Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible. We use the same phonics program across the school providing continuity and a vehicle for guaranteed progression. RWI sessions take place four times a week starting with 30 minutes at the beginning of the school year and then for an hour in the summer term. Pupils are taught in ability groups from Reception to Year 2 thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level not their age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group