EYFS Curriculum Intent:
At St. Kentigern’s Catholic Primary School, we view parents as valued first educators and so we work mutually with parents, carers and families, to create a happy, safe and stimulating environment where all children are motivated to learn and grow in confidence and self-esteem. By maintaining high expectations of ourselves and each other, our children will be equipped to encounter opportunities and challenges with resilience and determination. We encourage a curiosity about the world and strive to ensure that our children contribute positively to it, both now and in the future.
Acorns and Nursery:
Our intent is to provide an ambitious and inclusive curriculum which educates all children in the knowledge and skills to be curious, independent, resilient learners, whilst providing a warm and caring environment. Opportunities are maximised to develop the child as a whole, ensuring their unique gifts and talents are celebrated. The children ‘s spirituality is encouraged to flourish so that they know they are valued members of God’s family.
Reception and Nursery work closely with each other to ensure continuity, consistency and progression throughout the Foundation Stage. Our Mission Statement, “We learn and pray in faith and love,” is at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate and welcome the differences within our school community. The children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop their interests, skills and talents and to promote their understanding of the world and their place within it. We strive to ensure that all children reach the Early Learning Goals and beyond!
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Early Years teaching at St. Kentigern’s is rooted in both the EYFS framework and the Religious Education syllabus, “Come and See”. In combination, we ensure that every child learns through a balanced approach of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. The timetable is structured so that each child receives directed teaching in English, maths and phonics, daily. Supplementary group work ensures that the children have the opportunity to embed their learning and to develop their own curiosities. Child exploration is encouraged in all developmental areas both inside and outside the classroom. Their enthusiasm for learning is harnessed through exciting topics and then integrating their newly acquired knowledge across the curriculum. Our inclusive approach means that all children learn together but we have a range of additional interventions which both support and provide challenge to meet the individual needs of the child. Every opportunity to maximise learning is taken resulting in academic, social and spiritual development.
Our curriculum and its delivery is designed to ensure maximum progress for each individual child. Every member of staff uses on-going, daily observational assessments supplemented by specific assessments for speech and language, phonics, reading, writing and maths. Our school data reflects that the combined approach of an engaging and challenging curriculum, together with careful planning, monitoring and assessment, results in a high percentage of pupils achieving a good level of development at the end of the EYFS stage. Teachers are trained to interpret assessment information and to use this knowledge to inform their planning which is amended and adapted to ensure the next steps are achieved through their learning experiences and supportive interventions.