On entry to early years (Nursery and Reception), the children experience the Early Years curriculum. This can be viewed at Early Years Statutory Framework
Focus-Trust Position Statement on Curriculum and British Values
The Early Years curriculum covers the following areas:
• Personal social and emotional development
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Understanding of the world
• Expressive arts and design
At Coppice these areas are taught in a cross curricular way.
Coppice Early Years Mission Statement
At Coppice we believe
- Children are at the centre of their learning.
- Children are excited and eager to learn.
- Parents have a vital role to play in the education of their children.
- Parents are encouraged to work with the school to enable their children to develop and progress.
- All children are treated equally and have opportunities to engage in all activities at their own appropriate level.
- Children learn a great deal from the outdoor environment and have the opportunity to explore and develop skills in this environment whenever possible.
- Outdoor learning is essential for developing life skills.
- Children develop at their own unique rate and this is fostered and encouraged.
- Cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.
- A positive start to every day is vital for successful learning.
- Children are physically active throughout the day at different times.
- Children are independent but safe, carefree but aware and able to solve problems amicably.
- Confident and competent communicators.
In order to ensure this happens we
- Plan topics around the children’s interests using a challenge curriculum.
- Provide WOW experiences linked to our topics.
- Run workshops for parents to attend – reading, writing, maths, homework, etc.
- Engage parents before their children start school in programs like the REAL Project.
- Support parents with supporting their child in their work at school.
- Provide forest school activities for children to develop life skills.
- Provide an outdoor learning environment for children to plan and do physical activities linked to their own interests.
- Celebrate festivals represented within the school community.
- Focus on similarities between religions represented at school, rather than differences.
- Employ a variety of interventions with children in order to ensure they experience an appropriate, supportive structure to their learning.
- Encourage children to speak in English and in Mother Tongue, valuing using their home language as well as English.
- Assess children in Mother Tongue as well as in English to get a true picture of their needs and to support their learning.
- Encourage children to sing and sign in order to develop confidence and communication skills. (Hands and Voices sessions)
- Invite children to early morning clubs like Breakfast Club and Early Morning Readers to enable children to come in confident and ready to learn.
- Invite new children into school for stay and play sessions to ease the transition into the new setting for them.
- Make home visits to our new to school children prior to them starting at Coppice.
- Dedicate time for children to ‘transition’ at the end of the school year to enable them to remember a positive experience of life in their new class, ready for September.
- Employ coaches and PE trainers to teach the children different physical skills – dance, small apparatus, games skills.
- Send homework home in a home learning log for parents and children to work on together.
- Celebrate parents’ efforts to support their children’s home learning with certificates for effort half termly.
- Encourage KS2 children to support FS children during dinnertimes, encouraging them to play in a kind, exciting and supportive way, modelling good behaviour and conflict resolution skills.
- Provide positive models of language and high expectations of their use.
- Use the WELLCOMM program to assess children on entry to Nursery.