Early Years Foundation Stage
At Parkend we pride ourselves on our strong ‘family’ ethos. We know all our children very well and take time to develop positive relationships with our children and their families. Parkend Primary School is a place where everyone works in partnership to ensure that children are safe and happy, which in turn helps them to be ready to learn. We work hard to make learning relevant and exciting so that coming to school is a joy.
We work hard to provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities and promotes challenge, exploration, adventure and a real love of learning. It is our intent that all children develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally in an environment that values all cultures, communities and people. We aim for our children to be confident and independent, to believe in themselves and interact positively with others. We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We recognise the crucial role that Early Years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based.
Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, both from previous settings and their experiences at home. We work in partnership with parents, carers and other settings to provide the best possible start at Parkend Primary School, ensuring each individual reaches their full potential from their various starting points.
Our curriculum has been designed to enable children to succeed through cooperative and collaborative learning principles. As such, there is a strong emphasis on the prime areas of learning; personal, social and emotional development and communication and language, including oracy. Our enabling environments and warm, skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration right from the start. By the end of the Reception year, our intent is to ensure that all children make at least good progress from their starting points and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into Year 1.