Curriculum Intent Statement
At Spencer Nursery School our purpose is to provide a caring learning environment with high standards and expectations, where young children flourish and prepare for their next stage of learning. Our school ethos is embedded in our values: Courage, Achievement, Respect and Enthusiasm.
Our Early Years curriculum is designed to teach the children the skills and knowledge that they need to achieve at Nursery and prepare them for their next stage of learning at primary school.
At Spencer Nursery School, we recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching and learning opportunities that supports them to achieve.
The Nursery Teacher, 0-3 years Manager and Early Years Practitioners work to enable pupils, regardless of learning needs, disability, religion, gender, culture or social background, to achieve. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as health and wellbeing, are prioritised to ensure children have concern for others and an appreciation of diversity.
We are committed to working with our families and the wider local community to ensure that multi-cultural, multi-faith and the ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom is understood and valued. We promote the importance of identifying and combating discrimination from a young age and teach the children to understand that we all have the freedom to choose and hold different faiths and beliefs.
At Spencer Nursery School, we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence that helps them to achieve their fullest potential.
The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets out three prime areas and four specific areas of learning, all of which are equally valued. Our children meet learning experiences for all seven areas through a healthy diet of both adult-initiated/adult-directed and child-initiated play along with a problem solving approach to learning. These approaches enable them to develop a number of competences across all the areas of learning.
Getting our young children excited about new learning is the first step of any new programme of study. Activities are planned which set the scene and provide the context for future learning.
Throughout their time at our Nursery school, the children explore their own interests and are introduced to new areas of learning. They are given the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge through a range of challenging activities, thus enabling them to make progress and develop their confidence across a range of curriculum areas.
The Early Years outcomes identify the goals that children are aiming to attain at different ages and stages throughout their 0-5 year development and we monitor children’s individual progress and attainment using these. These judgements are made on the basis of cumulative observations and in-depth knowledge of the children acquired through ongoing assessment. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year.
With the successful implementation of both an enriched, rounded and balanced curriculum and a well-structured, safe, active and challenging learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, children will be able to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that enables them to be successful learners.
Children leave Spencer Nursery School ready for the next chapter of their education. They leave with fond memories and proud achievements together with the confidence and skills needed to begin to become lifelong learners.
Date written: January 2021