As children journey through their Early Years at Hazlemere Church of England School they become confident learners who enjoy mastering new skills and discovering more about themselves and the world around them. As a School Nursery, we make education accessible and fun, harnessing a child’s naturally inquisitive nature and using this to develop an engaging curriculum.
As a School Nursery we also benefit from being part of a high-achieving educational establishment which embeds the pillars of excellent academics from an early age. Children and families also feel a sense of belonging thanks to our small one form entry school, individualised learning approach and wonderful learning environment.
We would love for you to see for yourself how happy, engaged and excited our children are, in our Nursery setting. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We know that children learn in different ways and we work hard to give all of our children the opportunities they need to have fun and learn!
We organise activities for the children, which give them the opportunities to develop the characteristics of learning, which are:
We believe in the power of learning through play, based on topics and experiences they are interested in. We plan exciting experiences based on events happening through the year.
We recognise that all children learn in different ways. Children are nurtured in a supportive, vibrant environment; specifically designed to stimulate the learning process. Children are motivated to enjoy learning: This results in pupils who are happy, safe, resilient and confident (skills often noted by educational visitors to our school). Children will develop the skills needed to succeed under any circumstances and know that they can achieve whatever they aim to.
We firmly believe in putting children first, they are our future leaders and we MUST provide an environment to ensure they fulfil their potential. At the heart of the vision is a desire to provide a warm, welcoming, inspiring environment that enriches the lives of all pupils. Whilst instilling and developing traditional values of honesty, trust, kindness, respect for all – based on individual responsibility and partnership.
Pupils are taught in a bright, stimulating environment that is language rich. Learning activities take place in and out of the classroom. Staff ensure that learning activities come from children as well as being adult-led. This helps staff to develop curious learners, stemming from children’s natural inquisitiveness that can develop their critical thinking skills.
We recognise that all children are unique, each child has their own talents, interests and experiences. Relationships with talented and qualified EYFS staff ensures that these young children develop into confident learners. Primarily children in EYFS learn through play and the curriculum is shaped to support this. Children learn by leading their own play and taking part in play led by adults. Children develop language, social, emotional, creative and intellectual skills through play as this is the tool that children use to explore and discover the world around them. Adults provide time, space and resources that develop children’s curiosity. Through play all academic and necessary social skills are developed. Towards the end of their year in Reception, to prepare for increased formal learning, children begin to participate in more adult-led activities.
THE EYFS CURRICULUM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP:
IN ‘PRIME AREAS’OF:
• Communication and Language: Children are taught in a language rich environment that encourages children to express themselves.
• Physical Development: Children are encouraged to be active and interactive whilst developing the coordination, control and movement through outdoor play equipment and PE.
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Children are supported to develop a positive sense of themselves, develop their social skills, grow in confidence, manage feelings and learn how to manage their behaviour.
THE CURRICULUM ALSO DEVELOPS ’SPECIFIC AREAS’ OF:
• Literacy Development: This focusses on children’s reading and writing abilities (including their understanding of phonics).
• Mathematical Development: Children are given opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating addition and subtraction, learning to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
• Understanding of the world: Children are supported to make sense of their local environments and the wider physical world around them, in addition to understanding the role of different people in their community. Visits and technology will be used to develop this area.
• Expressive Arts and Design: Children use a range of media and materials. They can share their thoughts, ideas and feelings using activities linked to art, music, movement, dance role-play and design-technology.
Although these curriculum areas can sound quite formal, remember your child will learn the best through play – both inside and outside the classroom. To summarise, we are committed to developing an EYFS that provides children with the best opportunities to succeed on their learning journey throughout their time with us.