Intent (Planning) :Why do we teach what we teach?
At Cherry Blossoms we place excellent value on the development of children as individuals and provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges beyond. Our aim in the EYFS is to build strong foundations and resilience so that they can grow to become successful, life-long learners and members of society.
Our curriculum is the cultural capital we know our pupils need so that they can gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require for success. We support them to develop effective learning habits through the Characteristics of Effective Learning – Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking, with a combined EYFS and Montessori Curriculum
We support our children in developing the skills needed to learn to listen, speak and meet the high expectations for behaviour by working together and being kind. Personal, social, and emotional development and communication and language are curriculum areas which are prioritised within our setting. In our setting, children will experience an enabling environment which is warm and supportive. This in turn supports the children to begin to link learning to their play and exploration through our holistic provision.
Our wider curriculum includes exploring our local area, whilst each month we immerseourselvesin a different country. Here children explore art and cultures, language, and lifestyles around the world. Allowing them to compare and evaluate the lives of others with their own lives. This helps to develop and expand children’sunderstanding of different cultures and is in line with British Valuesand CulturalCapital.
Implementation (Teaching): how do we teach what we teach?
Our children learn through their engagement with a range of learning opportunities which are made up of a balanced initiative of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. Our nursery day is structured around the provision of extensive opportunities for children to develop their learning and skills in PSED and Communication and Language. The provision within the setting delivers challenging experiences which support the development of the children. The EYFS curriculum is accessible both indoors and outdoors. The provision is designed in a cross-curricular manner which supports holistic learning and development including understanding the world and expressive art and design as well as promoting sustained thinking and active learning. Our planning is child-led with our experienced staff ensuring that our children’s next steps and individual stages of development are incorporated. By implementing our planning, assessing, and observation cycle in this way we can ensure that the children have ownership over their environment and learning.
Our inclusive approach to curriculum delivery ensures that all children can fully participate and learn alongside one another. It also enables our practitioners to support the children’s learning by identifying their zone of proximal development and furthermore, scaffolding their learning.
Impact (Assessment): how do we know what children have learnt and how well they have learnt it?
The EYFS and Montessori curriculumsare centred on the needs of the children, inclusive of disadvantaged children and those with SEND. All children are observed, and their learning is evaluated via talking to children, looking at their achievements, observing their learning experiences and analysing data and progress by age, gender, and group. Every member of staff uses ongoing observational assessment to identify children’s starting points and plan experiences which ensure progress. This information is tracked and monitored three times a year and enables us to measure our starting points against a national data set. We use this information on a regular basis to plan learning experiences and next steps.
During each assessment period, we update the progress children have made on our trackingwhich allows us to assess the impact of our provision and evaluate whether it has been enough. Evidence of children’s learning including observations, work samples, photographs and contributions from parents are kept in ‘learning journals.
Our curriculum and its delivery ensure that children make good progress. During their time in our setting, children make rapid progress towards their age-related expectations before transitioning. Our highstandards of progress and achievement are driven by an enriched curriculum, enabling environment, and rigorous assessment processes.