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Early Years

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to develop and broaden the range of children's learning experiences, to leave them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners who are looking forward to school. We hope to play our part by treating your child as an individual and offering him/her a variety of experiences and activities which are designed to further their development process.

Much of the children's learning will be through play, where children are offered a range of activities each with an underlying educational purpose. Play is the means by which the children explore a variety of experiences in different situations for a variety of purposes. It is a process which provides for children a way of learning about the world around them. We plan activities and experiences that promote children's development and learning based on the ‘Development Matters' in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Read Write Inc Phonics logoAt Huntingtower Academy we use this scheme for our English sessions from Early Years to Year Two. Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

We use the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). The NCETM has provided support materials linked to the Numberblocks programmes. These are designed to help Early Years practitioners draw out and build on the maths embedded in the stories contained in each episode. For more information click here.

There are seven areas that are used to plan our curriculum. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the world.

For more information on what is happening in the classroom, each class is on ClassDojo which parents are invited to join.