At Beck we have three Early Years Settings:
Little Beck – Our 2 –year-old nursery
Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) - Our 3-year-old-nursery
Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) - Our reception classes for 4 and 5 year olds.
Information on how to apply for a place in one of our Early Years settings can be found on the Admissions page of our website.
A curriculum overview of each yeargroup’s themes can be found below.
Early Years Foundations Stage Rationale
We greatly value the important role that the Early Years plays in laying secure foundations for future learning. Children learn best through carefully planned developmentally appropriate play-based activities but we also value the importance of routine, structure and stability as well as caring relationships.
Throughout the Early Years there is a focus on child-initiated learning. Examples of adult modelled activities are available as stimulus but all children are encouraged to follow their own interests and explore their creativity. All areas of the curriculum are planned for and areas of provision are clearly defined and enhanced with resources the children can access independently.
The outdoor environment is important to children's development in the Early Years. At Beck, the outdoor areas enhance rather than simply replicate the indoor. We feel that outside is a space for children to develop gross motor and other physical skills. Outdoor activities include large construction, bikes, mark making on a large scale, climbing, balancing and exploring the natural environment in the mud kitchen and digging areas. However children are not prevented from choosing other activities should they so desire.
In Little Beck the curriculum focuses on the prime areas of learning:
- Personal and Social Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
For example, snack time is used to develop language, communication and social skills. Children are encouraged to ask questions, talk to each other and share news from home.
In FS1 and 2 children apply and strengthen these prime areas through the specific areas of the curriculum
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Reading, writing (including systematic synthetic phonics) and maths are taught through direct whole class teaching every day in FS1 and 2. Opportunities are provided in the provision for children to practise, develop and consolidate their knowledge through small group teaching and play.
We provide a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all children and have high expectations. As a result, children are excited to complete challenges and make progress.
In Little Beck and FS1 learning follows a theme for each half term. These themes support children's basic language development and communication. In FS2 curriculum themes last a full term and are introduced using a ‘big question’. Throughout the Early Years we support children to have authentic experiences including meeting animals and making bread.
Children’s development is assessed through regular observations. At Beck we use Tapestry as an online record of children’s Learning Journey. In addition in FS2, staff make regular formal assessments of the progress children have made in reading, writing, phonics and number which is also valuable information when they transition into Year 1.
A curriculum overview of each yeargroup’s themes can be found here.