At Springhead Park Primary, our Early Years environment is an explorative, diverse, creative and inquiry-based curriculum, one that takes in the interests of the children by providing them with provocations, invitations to interact, explore and investigate.
Early Years learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.
Children are encouraged to explore, enquire and to take risks in an interactive hand-on environment. This includes the use of interactive whiteboards and computers, as well as dedicated high quality outdoor learning areas.
In Hedgehog Class, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), a curriculum tailored to children 0-5years. The EYFS curriculum recognises that children of these ages learn and develop at different rates, and so it promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for the next Key Stage. Children will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, giving them the skills and knowledge for future learning.
In the EYFS, we focus on seven areas of learning. All learning stems from three prime areas; these areas are considered the most essential in children’s healthy development and future learning. They are:
· Communication and language
· Physical development
· Personal, social and emotional development.
As children continue to grow in the prime areas will help them develop in the four specific areas. These are:
· Literacy (Please see the section below for more information)
· Understanding the world
· Expressive arts and design
All learning in Hedgehog class is planned through play activities and experiences so that children have many opportunities to demonstrate and expand their knowledge in the seven areas of learning. We will deliver this learning in a fun, flexible and exciting way. We have designed a curriculum that specifically meets the needs of children and this unique age and stage of development.