At Glasshouses School the intent of our EYFS curriculum is to inspire and excite our youngest learners. We have constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and is designed to give all children, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge, self-belief and cultural capital that they need to succeed in life.
Our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for the necessary foundations for the rest of their schooling.
Our approach to teaching early reading and phonics is systematic and effective. We are determined that all children learn to read words and sentences accurately.
Through exciting provision, the highest quality Early Years’ experience will be delivered, establishing a firm foundation on which to build future academic, enterprising, social and emotional successes. Children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning will be ignited along with the development of skills needed to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The key intent in our Reception class is that children follow a play based approach to learning. At Glasshouses School, we believe that the essence of play arises from children’s innate need to express themselves, to explore, learn about and make sense of their world. At play, children have a certain freedom and autonomy from adult direction. This freedom – to choose, to explore, to associate, to create, to move around, to challenge themselves and others. Our EYFS intent is underpinned by some key ideologies:
- Play is an essential part of every child’s life – vital to his/her development. It is the way that children explore the world around them for themselves, the way that they naturally develop understanding and practice skills.
- Play is essential for healthy physical and emotional growth, for intellectual and educational development, and for acquiring social and behavioural skills.
- Play may or may not involve equipment or have an end product. Children play on their own and with others. Their play may be boisterous and energetic or quiet and contemplative, light-hearted or very serious.
- Children’s own culture is created and lived through their play.