The curriculum is divided into seven areas Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, but thematic teaching ensures the links in learning are made and skills and knowledge are taught in context. Phonics, reading, emergent writing, understanding number and the ability to use and apply knowledge are taught through themes for each half term, the theme of Life Cycles and Mini beasts for example, provides opportunities for number work and writing in context in a variety of ways. 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.
Children in Foundation Stage (FS) 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. Adults lead focus group activities indoors and out as they assess the children’s progress.