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In the Early Years we follow the 'Development Matters' curriculum where children are supported to learn through play; click the below link to view a parent-friendly version.


Our topics this term are: 'All about me' and 'Once Upon a time'


Autumn 1:

This half term the children will be settling in to their new school and classroom. They will be given lots of opportunities to develop their speech, communication and language skills by talking about themselves and their families. As well as developing their personal, social and emotional skills by forming positive relationships with their peers and adults. As a Right’s Respecting school we believe that it is very important for our children to develop positive learning behaviours and skills that will develop them as respectful citizens of our community. Therefore, we will be learning about our school values: Friendship, Respect, Kindness, Perseverance and Responsibility through stories and circle time activities.


Autumn 2:

This half term we would like for your children to learn about traditional tales, including 'Goldilocks', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Red Riding Hood' and many more. By sharing and repeating stories together regularly, your child will develop a wider vocabulary and a better understanding of story structures. Look at the pictures together before reading the words and talk about what you can both see. Ask your child questions once you have read the words so they can demonstrate their understanding. Make story time fun and your little learner will be eager and ready to read in no time. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development...

Throughout their pre-school years children should be supported to build relationships, develop self-confidence and self-awareness as well as manage their own feelings and behaviour. These skills are vital for developing positive learning behaviours which will have an impact on learning later in their school life. 


Communication and Language Development...

It is said that "reading and writing float on a sea of talk" which is why learning through play to develop better understanding of concepts, widen vocabulary and listen to others is so important in a child's early years. If you would like to support your child's early literacy skills at home then talk to them! Limit screen time, share stories together, sing nursery rhymes, make comments on the world around you and let your child's voice be heard too.


Physical Development...

Physical development is a vital part of your child’s learning and will enable them to become confident writers. Physical development sets them up for successful learning later in their school life, which is why we focus on it so heavily within the early years. We support children to develop good:


  • Coordination e.g. balancing, throwing and catching, building
  • Strength e.g. climbing, pushing, pulling
  • Independence skills e.g. dressing, undressing, toileting, eating


Every week your child will have the opportunity to practise these skills, through a variety of activities including outdoor play, music and movement sessions, 'dough disco' and snack time, among others.