At Rowland Hill we support children’s progress in development and learning by using a curriculum framework called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum helps us to plan and teach age appropriate experiences and activities.
When teaching the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum all staff members are guided by 4 principles these are:
we recognise that every child is learning from birth and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
we know that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
we know that the children’s learning and development will be successful in an environment that provides a broad range of experiences to meet the needs of all children and strong partnerships with parents or carers.
Learning and Development
we understand that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates no matter what their starting point or individual needs are.
The Early Years curriculum is for children from 0-5 years old. There are 7 Areas of Learning in the curriculum which are all important. They are divided into the 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas (see below).
The Prime Areas help children to build their capacity to learn, develop and form relationships.
Communication and Language
experiencing a rich language environment; developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.Personal, Social and Emotional
developing a positive sense of themselves and others; forming positive relationships and respect for others; developing their social skills and managing their feelings; behaving appropriately in groups and having confidence in their own abilities.
being active and interactive; developing co-ordination, control and movement; understanding the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
The Specific Areas build on the Prime Areas
developing their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; describing shapes, spaces and measures.
access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite children’s interest; linking sounds and letters, and beginning to read and write.
Expressive Arts and Design
exploring and playing with a wide range of media and materials; sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Understanding the World
guiding children to make sense of their physical world and community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
The curriculum helps us to ensure that all children experience high quality teaching that provides them with a strong foundation to progress through school and life.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
At Rowland Hill we cover all seven areas of the Early Years curriculum through planned, purposeful play. The staff team work together to plan a range of experiences or activities that children can play with and build their confidence exploring ideas, thinking about problems and relating to others. Sometimes children are learning by leading their own play and at others times by being led by an adult so we provide both child-led and adult-led experiences and activities.
To help the staff team think about how children are playing and making progress as learners we use the Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and Exploring
children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
Creating and Thinking Critically
children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
Your Child’s Assessment
At Rowland Hill we assess all children’s learning and development individually. These assessments help us to make sure that each child experiences the full curriculum and that provision is made for her/his particular development and educational needs.
We do this by making observations of the children whilst they are playing and learning. We then assess their learning and development to identify the next step they need to continue making progress.
Whilst your child attends Rowland Hill we will meet with you to discuss their learning and progress. These meetings are called Parent/Carer meetings and they take place each term. In your child’s final term you will receive a written report to discuss at the meeting.
Some children may be identified as having Special Educational Needs. A child at Rowland Hill is described as having special needs if she or he has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age or has a physical disability, which requires specific support or equipment. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will liaise with families, teaching staff and outside professionals, such as the Educational Psychologist (EP) to assess a child’s needs and progress; and to ensure the correct support and provision is in place. For further information please refer to the Policy – Local Offer on the Rowland Hill Nursery School and Children’s Centre website.