In Nursery and Reception, children embark on a journey of discovery and exploration. We create a happy and caring environment where all children feel valued and safe and where they will have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with all the adults and children within our setting.
Our environments follow a holistic approach and allow children to access classrooms, shared areas and the outdoor classroom/ garden areas. Within each area of learning children are exposed to curriculum based skills through play. Each area has a planned provocation or challenge, adult enhanced provision and materials to extend their learning, all running alongside our continuous provision.
As we teach children independence and structure our timetable will adapt across the year. Carpet input sessions will get longer and group sizes will get bigger all to help prepare children for a smooth transition into Year One.
EYFS is made up of seven key areas of learning and development that shape our educational programme in school. More specifically, these have then been broken down into ‘prime’ and ‘specific’ areas of learning.
The prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are:
- Communication and language (C&L)
- Physical development (PD)
- Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
The following are the specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Literacy (L)
- Mathematics (M)
- Understanding the world (UW)
- Expressive arts and design (EAD)
Communication & Language Development
At Diamond Wood Community Academy 98% of our learners speak English as an additional language. Therefore, it is paramount that we provide our children with a language rich curriculum. This supports our learners in developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves as well as listening and speaking in a range of situations.
At Diamond Wood we pride ourselves in providing opportunities for our young children to be active and interactive. Throughout their time here with us they develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. We also ensure the children understand the importance of physical activity, and are beginning to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Here at Diamond Wood we strive to support children in developing a positive sense of themselves, and others. Our five key values are embedded into everything we do, allowing our children to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. From their very first day in school children are supported in developing their social skills and in turn learn how to manage their feelings. This allows them to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
At Diamond Wood we teach phonics, allowing children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We believe children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. We foster a love of reading and provide opportunities for independent and extended writing.
Our mathematics lessons and enhanced provision provides children with the opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Understanding the World
Our carefully planned activities, alongside nurturing and embracing children’s own inquisitive play allows them to make sense of their physical world and community. This is through providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts & Design
Here at Diamond Wood we strive to enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Click here to read how we promote SMSC in our Early Years