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Our Curriculum at William Rhodes

 Early Years Education

Our Early Years approach starts from the children’s own experiences and starting points. 

It’s based on real experiences that the children get immersed in when they begin school with a structured and safe nurturing environment which is language rich.

High involvement and well-being including self-regulation is one of the keys to the children making academic progress and achieving the best they can. 

Our aim is to ensure parents feel valued and respected as their child’s main carer and educator. It is imperative to develop good and lasting links with home. When parents and early years’ staff work together, the results have a positive impact on children’s learning. 

Our principles are to:

  • Provide a happy, secure and language rich environment, in which the children can develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually both indoors and outdoors.
  • Recognise the importance of parents as their child’s first educator.
  • Develop skills and concepts that will provide a good foundation for future learning.
  • Develop a lively and enquiring mind through encouraging children to make their own choices, developing their perseverance, independence, co-operation and concentration. 
  • Encourage the children to express themselves clearly and to communicate their ideas developing their skills in speaking and listening skills.
  • Develop physical control in both large and fine motor skills. 
  • Ensure planning, assessments and routines are sensitive to the child’s needs
  • Welcome and include all children. 
  • Encourage children to establish good relationships with their peers and with adults – following the school rules.
  • Teaching is engaging but rooted in structure, routines and expectations to ensure all children feel safe and make the best possible progress. 
  • Develop children’s independence, resilience and ability to cope with change confidently.

Extending the Prime Areas of Learning into Year 1 & Year 2

We’ve thought deeply about the barriers to learning our children face and identified that even on entry to KS2 children still have significant gaps in the Prime Areas of Learning of PSED, Physical Skills & Communication & Language. This means that they struggle to fully access the KS2 curriculum. Therefore, we have put a Prime Areas Curriculum into KS1 as well as Early Years and spend time each day helping the children to master these important skills.

Getting the basics right

Our English work is fundamental to our success as a school because it underpins so many other curriculum subjects. Our prime objective is to make our children fluent in reading and fully literate at the earliest opportunity as this will allow them to get the most out of the wider curriculum and set them up for all their future learning.

To be developed