The Principles Underpinning Teaching and Learning
At our school, the principles underpinning teaching and learning in the early years are:
Parents and teachers work together in an atmosphere of care and mutual respect within which the children have security and confidence.
Learning and provision are individualised depending upon the different starting points, built on what children can already do.
Opportunities are provided for children to engage in activities planned by adults and those that they plan or initiate themselves.
Teachers carefully structure a curriculum that provides an opportunity for high-quality teaching and learning both indoors and out, enabling children to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves.
Practitioners observe and respond appropriately to children informed by knowledge of how children develop and learn with a clear understanding of the next steps.
Teachers and teaching assistants deliver a stimulating knowledge-based curriculum that stems from children’s interests, promotes enthusiasm, and curiosity, builds skills, supports and extends knowledge.
Skilled practitioners have developed a bespoke curriculum that teaches children a breadth of knowledge and skills using their interests and individual starting points. Practitioners allow children time to explore and develop through play whilst sensitively intervening and moving their learning forwards. Our curriculum is flexible to move with children’s interests or current events. Our high-quality learning environment ensures all children can be active learners both indoors and out.
In September 2021, the Government are releasing a new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. They have given schools and early years settings the opportunity to ‘adopt’ this new framework in the academic year 2020-2021. Here at Grange, alongside the other schools in Weaver Trust, we have decided to take the opportunity to develop our practice and curriculum ahead of the statutory rollout. For more information on this follow the link below.
Early Adopter Letter
Baseline Assessment in Reception
We have devised our own Baseline Assessment which we use to assess the children’s starting points and quickly identify their individual next steps. The information on children’s starting points and their progress is readily shared with parents.
End of Reception Assessment
At the end of their Reception year, all children are subject to a statutory assessment. Teachers provide detailed assessments of the children’s achievements against ‘Early Learning Goals’ linked to the different areas of learning. Children are graded as emerging the Early Learning Goal, meaning they are working towards the objectives, and ‘expected’ means they are working at the expected standard for their age. Throughout their time in Early Years at Grange, staff will discuss your child’s development and the steps being taken to give them the best opportunities to learn and develop. At the end of their Reception year, staff will share their achievements with you against these Early Learning Goals. This information will be shared with Year 1 staff to ensure their transition to the National Curriculum is seamless.