Belong Believe Achieve
From the minute the child walks through the door, there is a sense of belonging to the community that is Wavertree C of E School. Children are not only welcomed in to the Wavertree family, but also into the family of God, as our Christian Values are interwoven within the curriculum.
At Wavertree, we provide the ideal start for children, demonstrating a respect and appreciation of different religions and cultural communities, to develop their confidence as playful, motivated and independent learners, within a safe and caring environment. We provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, diverse and inclusive and often tailored to the specific need of individual children. Whilst the curriculum is driven by the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS statutory document, we ensure that the children’s own interest and needs are utilized and valued. We take care to work in partnership with parents and carers and provide many opportunities for parents to ‘Stay and Play’ enabling a growing understanding of how children learn through play. To further develop the children’s sense of belonging, we make regular visits to see the residents of our neighboring nursing home. Here children build relationships with the senior members of our community and learn about what life was like ‘back in the day!’
Through our Forest School activities, children develop a sense of belonging to the natural world, as they learn to respect and cultivate nature.
We believe that all children are unique and learn at different paces. Therefore, we strive to create a curriculum that meets the needs of the individuals, offering experiences that enhance and consolidate learning.
We believe in a classroom where children feel valued and can grow in confidence. An ever-changing curriculum means an ever- changing environment that provides children with achievable challenges.
We believe in providing an environment that encourages investigation and exploration both inside and out. A place where children can develop their language and communication skills along with their physical and personal and social skills.
We believe that if learning is engaging and enjoyable, children are more likely to reach their full potential. We value the importance of the outdoor environment and appreciate that some children are more comfortable learning in this setting.
We believe that Forest school provides children with opportunities to be risk takers, which allows them to become critical thinkers and confident, independent learners.
By building on the knowledge, skills and learning power exhibited by our pupils, we then provide children with many varied opportunities to develop as we nurture their confidence so that they can all make positive steps towards achieving their full potential. Children are encouraged to make mistakes, to take risks, to ask questions, as it is through these mistakes, our risk taking and our questioning that we grow in strength, character and learn.
At Wavertree, we enjoy celebrating success, whether big or small. With encouragement and support, our children become explorers, discoverers, creators and make progress at their own individual pace, giving each child a sense of achievement. Success is celebrated as a whole school, as a class, or even just between the child and their teacher at every milestone.
We celebrate children’s achievements with parents through our lovely ‘Learning Journey’ books which provide them with a photographic record of their child’s time with us.
The Wavertree child has a sense of belonging, which becomes a belief that anything is achievable, thus creating a drive to succeed!
Curriculum of Intent for EYFS
Following the children’s interests, our curriculum is always designed around the seven areas of learning.
Communication and Language: children are given many opportunities to develop their language and cognitive development by providing a language-rich environment. Every children is heard and listened too, with all staff ensuring that they give time for quality conversation, and by introducing new vocabulary through play, books and songs. Children are read to, and are encouraged to read a variety of genre including, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry (nursery rhymes), where they will be introduced to a rich new vocabulary.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: At Wavertree, we regard this area of learning paramount if children are to succeed. We support children to become confident, independent learners. To believe in themselves and that anything is possible. By guiding, and through modelling, we support our children as they learn how to express their own feelings and needs appropriately and how to respect the feelings and needs of their fellow classmates. We encourage and support children as they learn how to build relationships with both adults and children, and learn how to make good choices. We help children to understand that it is ok to make mistakes, and that this is an opportunity for new learning and growth.
Physical Development: Our classroom and premises are designed to encourage the development of both gross and fine motor control in the indoor and outdoor classroom, and through forest school. We provide opportunities for children to develop fine motor control through fun play activities, and through activities that are maths or literacy driven. Through PE and our outdoor classroom, children are provided with opportunities to develop their core skills and their sense of balance and special awareness. Our mud station provides opportunities to develop gross motor skills through digging, hoeing and raking.
Literacy: through the delivery of the Read Write Inc programme, children are given a good, solid start to reading. Through Read Write Inc, children are systematically taught how to identify, read and write each letter sound. Children are then taught how to word build and decode in order that they might start to read and write independently. Staff support children’s development of reading through speedy sound lessons. Writing and comprehension skills are developed by sharing books of varied genres, and by making writing meaningful but letting them write about real life experiences. Nursery rhymes are taught as a way of introducing children to rhyme, alliteration and rhythm. We share books with children on a daily basis to develop a love of reading that will last them a life time.
Mathematics: maths is delivered through songs, games and rhymes, through continuous provision, child and adult initiated activities in the indoor and outdoor classroom. They are taught in a maths rich environment where activities involving numbers, number patterns and shape and space are all around them. Children are encouraged to problem solve and are introduced to shape in and around the schools environment. We provide our children with opportunities to build and apply their maths understanding through activities that are fun and engaging, in order to build a love of maths and problem solving.
Understanding the World: at Wavertree we love to celebrate the cultural diversities of the children in our class and actively encourage children to share customs and experiences from home. We frequently invite visitors to share their beliefs and talk about their religious celebrations, including Hannukah, Eid and Chinese New Year, Christmas and Easter. Through topic work, we introduce our children to the local PCSO and police officers, to firefighters, guide dog for the blind, and other people in our community that might help us. We provide opportunities for children to experience the differences in our world by visiting the local synagogue, the farm, the theatre, walk around the local area, and the local supermarket. We instill in our children as sense of belonging to both their own families and communities, their class, their school, their local community, and to the world. Our children are provided with many opportunities to develop their technology skills through ICT in continuous provision and through the delivery of the curriculum, battery operated toys, programmable toys such as Bee Bots, and digital cameras.
Expressive Arts and Design: we actively encourage our children to be creative with a range of materials both natural and synthetic. Children are introduced to working with wood by our site manager who will demonstrate and support children as they use wood work tools. Visitors to schools and theatre trips expose children to different genres of music, which are then built on in class. Children are encouraged to explore, compose and perform music in the simplest forms. A topic based role play area provide our children with the opportunity to explore, express and develop what they have learned, read or experienced with a variety of resources and materials, plus, providing an area for rich language development.
Forest School: since the introduction of our Forest School area, we have seen a positive effect on all of the prime areas of learning. Forest School provides so many opportunities for language development, with children talking about what they can see, hear, smell, taste, touch, build and experience, possibly for the first time. They are given first hand experiences of the season sand observing how the natural world around them changes. They learn how to value and respect nature through our bug hotel. Children develop their gross and fine motor control through the use of tools such as saws and potato peelers, by working with willow and other natural materials. Running through all these activities is Personal, Social and Emotional Development, as children grow in confidence with each new experience and activity. Children learn how to keep themselves safe in the natural environment and around a campfire.
Continuous assessment in the EYFS classroom allows us to measure the impact of the EYFS statutory framework. Children are constantly being assessed through daily observations during continuous provision and through adult lead activities. A range of different types of observations helps us to develop a true picture of the individual development and how best to support or accelerate their learning further. Formal assessments are carried out on a half termly basis. IEP and IBP are written and shared with parents for children who are finding learning difficult. The Play Plans enables us to work closely with parents to support the children both at home and in school. Children’s achievements, no matter how big or small, are always celebrated with both the children and parents.
We provide the children with an environment, indoor and out, where children feel safe and happy. Children are able to access the curriculum in an environment where they feel most comfortable, supported by staff who know how best how to support their individual needs ensuring that they are challenged both physically and academically. Daily observations and ‘Learning Stories’ gives staff an in-depth understanding of the children and how they learn. Through these daily observations and assessments, we are able to decide their next steps and make any adaptations, to the curriculum and classroom, to ensure that all children make progress, even if progress comes in little steps. By following the children’s interests, we are able to design a curriculum that is interesting and stimulating, ensuring that the children are excited to learn.