The Early Years curriculum is based upon the three characteristics of effective learning:
Playing and Exploring - finding out and exploring; using what they know in play and being willing to have a go
Active Learning and Creating - being involved and concentrating
Thinking Critically - having their own ideas; using what they already know to learn new things and choosing ways to do things and finding new ways.
These are the threads that link all of the seven areas of learning and development set out in the Development Matters guidelines.
Communication and Language
Personal Social and Emotional development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design.
The children are assessed when they enter Reception to give us a baseline. The children are assessed throughout the year against the age related guidance and given a level at the end of Reception of; Emerging, Expected or Exceeding. This information is discussed in transition to Year One so that their progress may continue as they move through the School.