Curriculum Statement – Early Years
Early Years Foundation Stage can be the child’s first experience of the wider world, outside of the family home. It is essential that this experience is varied, rich and of the highest quality to ensure that strong foundations are built to enable our children to progress through life successfully.
Our Early Years is a beautifully designed space which flows naturally into our outdoor area, encouraging the children to develop skills on a larger scale. They have access to both indoor and outdoor areas, all day long, all year round. We strongly believe children learn best through play and so we make sure that the environments they play in are well planned, organised and resourced with clean, high quality resources to promote high quality engagement. We have specially trained skilful practitioners who enthusiastically deliver an excellent individualised curriculum that meets the needs of all children.
We are extremely lucky to have such an extensive outdoor area which offers the children a vast range of experiences and opportunities. We spend lots of our day outdoors, with children and adults appropriately dressed.
The Nursery children and Reception children receive separate teaching and provision and also have the opportunity to work and play together, when accessing the external and internal environment, through independent play and child initiated learning.
Throughout the EYFS we plan activities to give children learning experiences and opportunities to work towards the Early Learning Goals and prepare them for the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning takes play within the classroom and outside areas. Within these areas children will participate in a variety of activities, both with an adult and independently.
Curriculum Statement – Key Stage 1 and 2
At Rainbird Primary, we plan and teach a creative curriculum building upon and exploring our children’s interests. The curriculum is planned carefully and progressively, so that we can ensure there is coherence and full coverage of key skills and the National Curriculum. Our skills based approach
helps children to develop and refine their key skills: problem solving, application of knowledge, computing and information technology, working with others, communication and improving learning and performance.
Wherever possible, our children learn through a wide range of practical tasks which are designed to support the development or refinement of key skills. Within their planning, our Teachers provide opportunities for children to apply the basic skills, with learning designed to enhance our children’s literacy and numeracy skills.
The curriculum within Rainbird is also enhanced through the planning and delivery of key educational visits and through visitors coming in to school to work with, support and share experiences with our children.