At Uplands Infant school we run a morning session from 8.45 – 11.45 am and an afternoon session from 12.15 – 3.15 pm.
We provide safe, stimulating and inclusive teaching and learning environments including a large indoor and outdoor learning space which all the children share. Both areas are carefully planned to allow children to make choices, develop their independence and revisit experiences to reinforce their learning. In the Nursery, the team of highly skilled practitioners deliver the curriculum through active, purposeful play using people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve children in their learning prompted by their interests.
Children in The Nursery at Uplands Infant School benefit from a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities and rich learning experiences that inspire, excite and challenge children in their learning. We teach and encourage the children to practise and embed key skills through short bursts of focussed high quality first teaching and sustained periods of play based learning. Staff interact in ways that encourage the development of language, creativity and thinking skills to help children make connections in learning, giving them the confidence to become independent and motivational learners. There is an emphasis on celebrating what every child achieves and devising possible lines of enquiry to build on their current interests and achievements.
Statutory requirements are outlined in the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (from September 2014) which can be found here.
For a parent’s guide to the EYFS please click here.
There are seven areas of learning and development which are all important and inter-connected. Three areas known as the Prime areas are particularly important for children in the early years and without focus on these areas children would find it difficult to make further progress in any of the other areas.
These Prime Areas are
– Personal, Social and Emotional Development
– Communication and Language
– Physical Development
These are a particular focus for us in The Nursery as they help children to develop the basic skills required for reading, writing, maths etc that they will begin to learn later during their time in the Nursery and continue through into Reception and Key Stage 1.
The other four areas are known as the Specific areas which are
– Literacy (includes Reading and Writing)
– Understanding the World
– Expressive Arts and Design
We recognise that young children learn best when learning through play. Through the process of play children can explore, investigate, recreate and begin to make connections which will help them to understand their world. Through play children can practise or use what they know and make sense of what is new.
Therefore we deliver a curriculum that is play based, the content of which is shaped by our children’s’ interests, strengths and next steps, designed to promote high levels of engagement and progress. It is from the children’s interests that we then broaden the content into pastures new, further widening their experiences and securing a balanced curriculum. As the children we have in the Nursery change from year to year, as do their interests, strengths and needs. As a result the content we deliver may vary from year to year however the learning objectives as outlined within the EYFS curriculum remain constant.
Over the course of the academic year parents newsletters summarising our main focus will be sent home. The kind of things we are learning about in school and ideas for things to do at home to support your child’s learning will be covered. However as we endeavour to follow the children’s interests, these will be reflected in the activities on offer on a day to day basis and may differ from those outlined in the newsletter.
Many of the songs, rhymes and stories we may use can be found on YouTube, CBBC and Cbeebies websites. Some of which are included in the links within this information. Other useful websites are listed in the Parents Newsletters.