Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Curriculum

Our Early Years class is called Oak Class and is taught by Miss Carr, and Mrs Rawlings. Children start in Oak Class in their reception year which starts in the September before their fifth birthday. Although we do not have nursery provision in school, we have Ford Pre-school on our school site which provides an outstanding start to our children’s school career. We work very closely with the pre-school to ensure effective transitions between the two settings.


Children in their reception year follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). This curriculum has been developed for use with children aged from birth to 5 years. It is based on child development and play based learning.


It has 3 prime areas – Personal social and emotional development, Physical development, and Communication and Language. These three prime areas of learning are the most essential for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy development.


There are 4 specific areas of learning which build on the prime areas. These are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding  the world and Expressive arts and design.


Children are assessed in all these areas and evidence of their skills and abilities is gathered throughout the year. We also plan, observe and assess children against the characteristics of effective learning. These are key life skills like perseverance, risk taking and maintaining attention.


In Oak Class at Hugh Joicey CE Aided First School we use an approach called objective led planning. This means all of our planning is based on the children’s interests and individual needs. We continually assess the children through play based activities and then plan next steps for them on their learning journey.

We also make use of our wonderful Forest School to enhance the children's learning experiences. Our Early Years children visit the forest with our Forest School leader, Miss Craggs, every Wednesday afternoon, but can use it to support other curriculum areas whenever needed.


The children’s learning and achievements, both at home and at school are recorded in their learning journals, a lovely record of their year in Oak Class and the progress they have made.