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Our vision is that all children are happy, supported, thrive and succeed during their first year at school.

At Dundry, children are given the opportunity to learn through play based activities both indoors and outdoors.

Early Years Curriculum

The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Teaching and Learning

Using the descriptors from the document Development Matters, we assess pupils on entry and map their progress throughout the year towards the Early Learning Goals. The EYFS curriculum is delivered with a careful balance between child initiated and adult led learning. Opportunities are provided for both indoor and outdoor learning and children are also able to choose their own environment. Continuous observation and assessment, coupled with comprehensive record keeping ensures that our provision is tailored to the needs of the individual child. A carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by the children’s interests, ensures children are active participants in their learning and development. The topic taught very term to term and year to year depending on the children’s interests and needs.

Parental Partnerships

We strongly believe that parental partnerships can only support children’s learning. We work closely with parents throughout the year to ensure that their child has the best possible start to their school career. We run a parents phonics workshop during the Autumn term. Parents are invited into the classroom to find out how key skills are taught and how to support their child at home. We also invite parents to attend a new parent meeting and an Early Years curriculum meeting.

Each child in Reception is paired with a Year 5 Buddy while they are settling in to the new school environment. Buddies offer support, guidance and reassurance during playtimes and lunchtimes. They also support children during walks to church and the village hall. We also learn with children from other year groups in the school during learning opportunities like ‘RE Journey days’.

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