Early Years Curriculum
All staff and governors recently attended training about changes to the Early Years curriculum and we are delighted to see that changes to the statutory framework have moved away from data collection and more towards whether children are learning the intended curriculum for their school. The changes have been made to reduce the gap between the highest and lowest achieving children and to reduce teacher workload.
St Andrew’s Church School Connected Curriculum has been further developed to take into account the new Early Years reforms. The Curriculum runs from nursery to year 6 and is enabling our very youngest to develop key concepts so they are well prepared for the next stage of their education. The curriculum also focuses on how we support children to learn through:
- Being Active
- Learning through play and exploring
- Thinking critically and creatively.
The unique child
This is nothing new for us here as we have always and continue to enable environments that value all people, provide rich opportunities and allow learners to take risks. Every child is unique and by taking our time to get to know parents and children, every child can become resilient and confident. All staff observe and understand when to step into further children’s learning but the skill also comes in when to leave children to discover for themselves.
Changes to Early learning goals
There have been some changes to the number, reading and phonics early learning goals. Our new Little Wandles Phonics scheme and new selection of books in the early years is helping the children to make great progress and they are already making phonetically plausible attempts in their reading and writing.
The governors received a presentation last month about Thrive in action. This specific way of working gives us all a shared language and a specific way of working with children to develop social and emotional well-being and positive relationships. At St Andrew’s Church School staff aim to meet children’s needs to calm, soothe and nurture and show them that as adults we too are aware of how we feel and model this.
The recent whole school Thrive days ‘Growing Together & Playing Together’ which celebrated the joy of play and ‘Belonging’ day which celebrated similarities and differences within our St. Andrew’s family. These days supported the children through a variety of creative activities to see how they were connected with each other and to value the joy of play. Thank you for your help and support with these activities at home. As governors, we loved hearing about these activities and the impact is a unified school approach, enabling children to feel good about themselves and care about each other. Thank you to all the staff who took time to share the presentations with us.