In Early Years at Butterknowle Primary School, we aim to provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for all our children, where they feel confident and motivated to learn in order to reach their full potential. We offer an exciting and stimulating curriculum and create enabling environments which are thoughtfully planned in order to inspire and challenge our pupils. We work collaboratively with parents to celebrate learning and share experiences. We invest time developing positive relationships and encouraging our children to become independent and resilient learners who are ready to continue their learning journey at Butterknowle School.
Our Curriculum is based on the new EYFS Statutory Framework using the Development Matters guidance. This merges with the Key Stage 1 topics in the summer term to ensure good transition for all children. The seven areas of learning include:
The prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
We understand that every child is unique and consider the different interests of pupils and the varying rates at which children develop. We incorporate the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
- playing and exploring, where children investigate are encouraged to ‘have a go.’
- active learning, where children concentrate and keep trying if they encounter problems.
- creating and thinking critically where children develop their own ideas, making links and developing their own strategies for doing things.
Our children learn through a mixture of child-initiated play and adult-led activities.
The impact of the Early years Curriculum is reflected in our happy, confident and resilient children. Over the year, we measure their progress and learning through formative assessment, based on the teacher’s knowledge of the children and their learning journeys. We work towards our children making at least good progress by the end of the Reception year. Our teaching and pedagogy are reviewed and evaluated through regular team meetings which are reflected in changes and developments to our classroom practice to improve teaching and learning.