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Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School

Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School

EYFS Curriculum

Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

At Wessex Gardens, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 

Four guiding principles shape practice in our early years setting.  We believe that:
  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be  resilient, capable, confident  and self-assured       
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to  their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents  and/or carers
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our educational programme in the early years. It should be noted that all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. 
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. 
These three areas, the prime areas, are: 
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. We also help children to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others and to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. It also involves helping children to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
We seek to support children to develop the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These characteristics are about children's attitudes to learning and they underpin all of the areas.

Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and exploring – engagement
·         Finding out and exploring
·         Playing with what they know
·         Being willing to ‘have a go’
Active learning – motivation
·         Being involved and concentrating
·         Keeping trying
·         Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
·         Having their own ideas
·         Making links
·         Choosing ways to do things
We work closely with parents and carers to ensure that the transitions into Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are as smooth as possible.