Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Early Years Curriculum

Our Curriculum Vision

The EYFS is a unique, distinct, and important phase in education. It places an equal priority on supporting children’s social and emotional development and on their learning. It is a crucial time for developing children’s engagement, enjoyment of learning and motivation. The curriculum in the Early Years provides a structure and sense of direction, whilst providing ambitious opportunities for children to learn. Our curriculum recognises children’s prior learning and experiences and seeks to build on these, developing their skills and knowledge through a variety of themes and first-hand experiences that stimulate their curiosity. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all children ensuring adaptations are made where necessary.

Play and exploration are at the heart of our Early Years practice and children are able to interact with well-organised and resourced environments that spark their interests and allow for independence and sustained shared thinking. We enhance the environment with a wide range of multi-sensory activities that encourage children to explore, develop skills and adapt their own learning.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory guidance and the non-statutory Development Matters guidance which outlines child development for children from birth to three, three to four and the Reception year.

We aim to ensure all children make good progress and to support them to achieve a good level of development in line with the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception Year and good transitions to Year 1. However, in addition to academic success, we are committed to the development of character to ensure children are well-rounded and prepared for their future beyond education. The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning and our Oasis 9 Habits approach underpin everything we do and we ensure children understand what these are and how they can show and develop these.

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum. We ensure children know their local community by exploring this first-hand, understanding what it looks likes, who can help us within our community and how we can look after our community ourselves. This sense of community also includes working in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure children have effective transitions, feel safe and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

If you need any more information please don’t hesitate to ask Miss Carol Bailey, Early Years Lead or email