Early Years at LIPA Primary School
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is planned and taught using the Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Development Matters document to ensure a broad, creative and balanced curriculum across all areas of learning and development.
Children learn through our Real life, open ended Project Based experiences, we ensure that learning is inspired through the children's interests. In which enable stimulating experiences across seven areas of learning. They include three prime areas and four specific areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making relationships
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
- Communication and Language
- Listening and attention
- Physical Development
- Moving and handling
- Health and self-care
- Shape, space and measure
- Understanding the World
- People and communities
- The World
- Expressive Art and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
Our Early Years curriculum is designed to ensure our children have opportunities to explore, investigate and wonder in order to promote three characteristics of learning
- Active Learning
- Playing and Exploring
- Creating and Thinking Critically
As a whole school approach we also have a series of Project Managers who underpin our curriculum, these were developed initially from the EYFS Characteristics of Effective Learning. The Project Managers and their attributes are identified below:
- Captain Imaginative: Plays with possibilities and creates new things.
- Captain Inquisitive: Wonders and questions why things happen.
- Captain Persistent: Dare to be different.
- Captain Collaborative: Cooperates appropriately during team work. Enjoys being ‘in charge’ but can also work as part of a team.
- Captain Discipline: Reflects critically, developing and redrafting work and evaluating outcomes.
- Captain 21: Respects diversity and listens to the ideas and thoughts of others.