At Mesne Lea Primary School we recognise the crucial role that early year’s education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of the child’s education is successfully based.
From the beginning and throughout the children’s experience in the Early Years we ensure warm and positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents, which are key to helping the child settle and progress in our setting.
•A curriculum which has strong foundation in reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills:
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•A curriculum that is word-rich, enhancing vocabulary and reading.
•A curriculum which ensures knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
•A curriculum which values subject specialisms and the unique subject disciplines to enable pupils to develop knowledge of the wide range of training and employment opportunities which they can aspire to in the future.
•A curriculum which offers a wide range of experiences.
•A curriculum which nurtures all elements of well-being for our pupils and the sense of community.
We are a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research and this has included a focus on how to improve children’s long-term memory of the knowledge set out in the schools learning threads.
We place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges in Key Stage One and beyond. Our aim in the EYFS is to build strong foundations rooted in communication and language skills, building on and expanding the children’s vocabulary through the exposure to books, experiences and personal interactions. Alongside this we also aim to develop the children’s personal, social and emotional development as well as the children’s academic skills which will enable them to become successful and conscientious members of society. We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We believe that the correct balance of adult directed and uninterrupted child initiated play ensures the best outcomes for pupils.
We offer a curriculum rich in wonder and memorable experiences which include trips and visits as well as utalising the Local area and local community for learning opportunities. We work hard to provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities, promotes challenge, exploration, adventure and a real love of learning.
All of this is done with a strong focus on developing the children’s attitude to learning through the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning – Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking.
At Mesne Lea Primary School we follow the EYFS framework. Within this framework there are four guiding principle’s which shape our practice.
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
• importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates.
The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).