Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is the phase of education from birth to five, with the Reception year representing the final year of the EYFS. Our pre-school provision gives children the experiences and skills they need to successfully move into a Reception class and beyond.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, being both child-initiated and supported by adults. We believe that children learn best from practical experiences and ensure the curriculum is delivered in this way as much as possible as well as being linked to the needs and interests of the children.

Unique Child

At Little Acorns we understand that every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Each individual child’s needs are catered for by a highly qualified staff team who aim to provide an inclusive and nurturing atmosphere. We encourage children of all ages to become independent and inquisitive learners, giving them the confidence to have a go, explore and do things for themselves.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent though strong relationships with the significant adults in their lives. Before your child starts with us you will know who their key person is and have opportunities to meet with them. The key person will be their main caregiver and will monitor their planning, observations and assessments throughout nursery. We take an individualised approach to settling in with each child having the amount of visits they need to get to know us and to be happy for you to leave. Having a small experienced team is a huge strength as every child quickly gets to know all the play leaders which helps them to feel comfortable in their surroundings.

Enabling Environments

Little Acorns aims to provide a homely atmosphere and provide the bridge between home and school life. The intimacy of the setting allows families to settle in quickly. We have a range of stimulating resources indoors and outside which are organized appropriately for different age groups. Throughout the day we follow a detailed routine to provide a wealth of exciting, educational activities to facilitate children’s learning through play.

Learning and Development

We use our extensive knowledge and experience to plan activities which enable children to learn and develop. We aim to provide children with appropriate challenge to create happy, critical thinkers and independent young people.

The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

Communication and language

This area of learning and development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their skills and confidence in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

This area of learning and development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control and movement. Children will also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

This area of learning and development involves providing opportunities for children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy

This area of learning and development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.

Mathematics

This area of learning and development involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world

This area of learning and development involves guiding the children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

This area of learning and development involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Curriculum Progression

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_Communication_and_Language.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_EAD.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_Literacy.docx.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_Literacy.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_Maths.docx.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_PD.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_PSED.pdf

Curriculum_EYFS_MAT_UTW.pdf

How do you record my child’s progress?

Staff are always on the lookout for new achievements and will write notes or take photographs to record them. These will go into your child’s online learning journey, along with examples of their creations, to give a wonderful picture of their development. You will be able to access this system, called Tapestry, from home. We love to find out more about your child and so encourage you to upload and share events from home.

Spaces Available

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Open Days

16 Nov 2017

Is your child starting school in September 2018?  We would like to invite you to visit our schools.  Please see the information for each school on the poster.

Halloween fun

20 Oct 2017

The children in our Early Years Centre have been reading "Meg and Mog" books this half term.  They have also been focusing on the vegetable garden book and doing welly walks to find fru...

@Bristol

21 Jul 2017

On Monday 26th June, Spruce and Rowan classes went to @Bristol Science Museum to support their learning of the science curriculum. They had a fabulous day and were able to learn more about friction, l...

Sports Day

21 Jul 2017

Today Axminster Community Primary Academy held its annual Sports Day.  Thankfully the recent heatwave was over and we were able to hold the event as scheduled.  Our children excelled in the...

Axe Vale Festival

21 Jul 2017

The children of Spruce and Rowan classes have been working hard, with Mrs Hogarth the Art Teacher, designing a poster on the theme "Axminster Carnival" for the Axe Vale Festival.  Although all th...

Tadpole update

21 Jul 2017

The tadpoles that Beech Class were studying last term have continued to thrive!  Please click on the title to see the updated images.

Election week

21 Jul 2017

Here at Axminster Community Primary Academy, a decision was made to change the names of our four team colours Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. With the general elections drawing closer, our school council...