The Early Years ethos focuses on developing the unique child, building positive relationships and creating an enabling environment. The child-led and play based approach captures the curious minds of children and follows their interests to enhance their learning. It allows the child to be engaged in their learning whilst overcoming challenges, asking questions and experiencing new things.
The curriculum promotes three characteristics of effective learning, these are:
These areas are developed and promoted throughout the Early Years and everything we do has a reason, whether it is junk modelling, building with blocks or playing with shaving foam! All activities and experiences are part of creating a child who is confident, independent and ready to begin their school life.
The characteristics are explored through seven areas of learning, these are:
These areas support the child to become an effective and motivated learner, providing them with experiences and important contexts for learning.
Below is a link on the website for the phonics scheme that we follow at Oakfield.