Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Early Years Curriculum

Ambition

Our Early Years curriculum provides children with an exceptional foundation by fully immersing children in creative, engaging and explorative learning experiences to foster a lifelong love of learning. Our themed curriculum encourages children to problem solve, experiment and take an active role in their learning, which aims to create well-rounded, resilient learners. We promote a love of the outdoors, taking advantage of the woodland environment around the school to enrich children’s curriculum opportunities.

Implementation

At Pineham Barns, the children’s unique learning opportunities are centred around a theme that form our rich curriculum, providing a range of indoor and outdoor opportunities for children to develop physically, academically and mentally, building on children’s understanding and knowledge.

Reading and phonics is a central part of EYFS, with daily phonics sessions, individual reading and class story time. The classroom environment, both indoors and outdoors are both rich in language to provide a breadth of understanding and to help widen children’s vocabulary. Our children visit the school’s Reading Garden each week, with their reading buddy, to choose from a vast selection of reading for pleasure books. Our children and families also have access to reading bird boxes, where they can swap reading books as frequently as they wish. We believe that exposing children to a variety of books provides children with opportunities for discussions and wonder, creating a love of reading from an early age.

Literacy and Maths lessons are embedded into our creative curriculum, providing exceptional experiences to consolidate children’s learning. Key learning opportunities are planned into all areas of our setting, both indoors and outdoors to form a strong foundation of early number, shape knowledge and literacy. Children have independent access to resources in our Literacy and Maths huts outside or inside to support their learning, while allowing them to become independent and central to their own learning.

The outdoors forms the basis of the curriculum with fortnightly Welly Walks, using the exceptional environment around our school, enriching the children’s experiences outside and providing opportunities for risk taking, investigative and exploration opportunities.

Our passionate team have consistent high expectations of all children in EYFS to ensure they achieve their full potential and are challenged appropriately. To enhance learning opportunities, the children have access to a themed environment indoors and outside through our role play area, mud kitchen and construction area, which provides exploration for sustained periods of time with or without adult support.

Impact

The exceptional start provided at Pineham Barns leads to happy children, who have a love of learning, laying the foundations for all future learning.

In 2019, 82% children at Pineham Barns achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD), compared to 72% children achieving GLD nationally (2018).

Please click on the link to view our Early Years overview of the curriculum and key reading texts.

Early Years Overview & Key Reading Texts