Both Nursery and Reception make up the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School. Our curriculum ensures on the holistic development of the child, and is structured around the seven areas of learning and development.
Running through and under pinning the seven areas of learning are the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL). The Characteristics of Effective Learning represent processes, rather than outcomes, and describe factors which play a central role in a pupil’s learning and in becoming an effective learning.
As a first experience in school setting our main priority is to settle the children and create a warm and nurturing environment. Learning in the Early Years is fostered through play and a topic based approach. The majority of the day is spent in free flow, where children can initiate learning inside and outside. Children in Nursery also learn through a range of activities, which include planned focused groups, short whole class teaching sessions, focusing on exploration, experimentation, discussion and investigation. Much of the learning is practical and based on real life experiences, including our weekly cooking sessions and school trips.
Please see below our Class Charter – the promises our Nursery children and staff will follow – that link to the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):