The Nursery and Reception staff work together as a team and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. At Archdeacon Cambridge’s we work to provide a supportive, safe and secure environment for our young children to learn, play and develop.
Children develop rapidly during their first five years of their life. These fundamentally important years are the foundation blocks that shape children’s future. Our aim is to ensure that children feel valued, safe and enthused to explore an environment which promotes learning and responds to their interests.
The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. Thematic teaching ensures that links in learning are made and skills and knowledge are taught in context. Our themes follow seasonal change and are strongly influenced by children’s current interests. RE is mainly taught through the theme for the half term with concepts such as Thanksgiving, Creation and Celebration for example, taught through the theme of Harvest. Godly Play resources provide opportunities for children to deepen their understanding of RE themes and stories through adult led play.
Nursery and Reception children have access to a specially designed Outdoor Learning Area as part of their day. During periods of ‘Free flow’ children are able to independently select and explore activities inside and out and adults interact with the children to deepen their learning and respond to their needs.
During whole class sessions children are taught Phonics to develop their emergent reading and writing skills and Maths to secure the understanding and application of Number and Shape, Space and Measures. Additionally, adult-led activities are planned to meet children’s individual or group needs.
Progress is recorded through daily observations, photographs, videos and samples of work. Parental input is an essential element in creating a complete profile of each child. Parents are encouraged to support their child’s learning by contributing to their child’s Tapestry learning journal. Ongoing assessment is used to inform children’s next steps and subsequent planning.