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Early Years

At Peel Brow, we offer part-time or full-time nursery places which can be arranged to suit you and your child's needs.

 

Parents and carers who are considering applying for a place at Peel Brow are invited to visit the school for a tour. Please contact the main school office on 01706 823204 to arrange a visit.

The Early Years at Peel Brow

 

At Peel Brow, we are proud of our Early Years unit. The unit is home to our youngest children from Nursery and Reception. The children work together in a large classroom with exciting provision and also have access to a large outdoor space, including a woodland.

 

Our class teacher is Miss Holt and Miss Bouchier and Miss Jacobs are our teaching assistants. Miss Holt has experience working in Early Years classrooms and plans exciting learning for the children in both Nursery and Reception. Children who attend our Nursery also have the advantage of understanding the expectations, rules and routines in preparation for starting 'big school'. 

 

Curriculum Principles

At Peel Brow, we use Development Matters, non-statutory guidance for the EYFS, alongside the Early Years Statutory Framework.

 

Development Matters 2021 demonstrates how the four themes of the EYFS Framework and the principles that inform them work together to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children within the context of the EYFS framework. The document also illustrates how the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ may be supported and extended by adults as well as how they underpin the ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas of learning and development. Development Matters supports our practitioners when planning, observing and assessing and also provides guidance when making 'best-fit judgements' on the development of each individual child meaning support can quickly be put into place to ensure children 'keep up' with their friends.

 

Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum which addresses the children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and cultural development within a safe, secure, stimulating environment. In the EYFS, our themes compliment our Learning Challenge curriculum with activities and learning experiences that are planned to enable each child to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding, both with adults and independently, in the different areas of learning.

 

Curriculum Intent

At Peel Brow we greatly value the important role that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning. We believe that children learn best through carefully planned, developmentally appropriate play-based activities. We also value the importance of routine, structure and stability for our children.

 

We have 5 clear aims we want our children to be:

  • Ready to learn: Children have a positive, confident attitude to learning. They are both physically and emotionally ready to learn.
  • Resourceful: Children show initiative, ask well thought out questions and are prepared to use a variety of strategies to learn.
  • Reflective: Children are curious, able and willing to learn from their mistakes and can describe their progress
  • Resilient: Children are prepared to persevere and stay involved in their learning, even when the process is challenging.
  • Reciprocal: Children are prepared to help each other and work as a team.

 

We believe that an education that does all of this gives children the best chance to become well rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.

 

Implementation

Here in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Peel Brow, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. We follow the Development Matters guidance and use topic themes and enrichment opportunities.

 

The aim of our curriculum is to develop a ‘thirst and love for learning’ and to create ‘awe and wonder’ memories. Each half term, the EYFS curriculum is guided by an open-ended learning question or statement linked to a key text. Teachers plan for exciting learning opportunities that provide our children with experiences they may never have had before. Children are encouraged to lead their own learning and teachers use their knowledge of each individual child to ensure children’s interest and needs are catered for in order for them to progress in all areas of the EYFS. Mark makingMaking Conversation and Mathematics are at the heart of the teaching and learning that takes place in the EYFS and there is a sharp focus on children’s opportunity to problem solve, wonder, interact, explore and observe. Phonics is an integral part of the learning in Early Years and children take part in Read, Write, Inc. phonics lessons every day. The skills children learn in phonics enable them to read and write. Challenges across the curriculum allow children to be independent with their own learning, preparing for KS1 and beyond.

 

At Peel Brow, we are fortunate to have access to lots of outdoor space, including a woodland. We encourage children to explore, have adventures, climb and be physically active in all kinds of weather. Being physically active and getting outdoors helps children to be healthy, understand the world around them and help them to develop the gross and fine motor skills needed to write. Each week, children take part in a Welly Walk.

 

Impact

At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, children will have developed the essential knowledge and skills required for everyday life and lifelong learning. Our children will be well rounded, happy, inquisitive and successful learners. From their own starting points, children will make excellent progress academically and socially; developing a sense of themselves so that they are well prepared for the transition into Key Stage 1.

 

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