Our Early Years Curriculum (Reception at The Whiteoak Academies)
Early Years (Reception) at The Whiteoak Academies
'From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow.'
At the Whiteoak Academies, we aim to provide the very best start to our young children’s educational journeys. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and environment is designed and created to nurture and inspire our children so that they feel safe, secure and happy in their learning and encouraged to develop their natural sense of wonder.
We work hard to create continuity between Pre-school and our Reception Classes in order to ensure our children make the very best start and continue to build on the knowledge and skills they've already developed. Our Early Years Curriculum is taught through a ‘hands on’ practical approach, embracing and encouraging the children’s interests. The children learn through purposeful play, using a range of resources that ignite their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage outlines the learning and development stages of children from birth to five years. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. These are:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Every child is nurtured so that they can learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Every child is supported to learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs. There is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Every child learns and develops in different ways and at different rates.
At the Whiteoak Academies we provide a secure, safe and happy environment in which we strive to ensure all children thrive and reach their full potential. Our classrooms are safe environments in which children feel confident to try new things, to explore, to question and to make and learn from their mistakes.
We have very high expectations of both our staff and our children and believe that all children can achieve amazing things. It is very important to us that our children receive the most positive and inspirational start to their school life and become lifelong learners. The strong foundations in learning provided in Reception are then built upon throughout our family of schools.
'The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and richer their experiences.'