Our aim at Raynham Primary School is to ensure that children enjoy every day with us having fun in a nurturing environment while they grow and develop. We understand that the transition from home to school can be very scary for some children and we work with parents or carers to ensure all children feel secure and confident.

We provide an enabling environment with activities and opportunities to help develop children’s learning while encouraging them to explore, seek challenges and solve problems as they enjoy their day.

Our Early Years and Foundation stage curriculum is based on the EYFS profile and Development Matters. We incorporate the children’s interests through various themes ensuring that the curriculum combines learning both in and outside of the classroom and children experience exciting learning opportunities.

The areas of learning have been organised into three prime areas of learning and four specific areas of learning. These are as follows:

PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal and Social Development

SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:

We provide many opportunities for children to learn in the Early Years setting through the teacher’s planning and children’s activities.

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – children have the opportunity to investigate and experience a range of activities and are encouraged to ‘have a go’
  • Active learning – children concentrate and develop resilience when they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for completing a task.