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Curriculum

Tinywoods curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage which provides a framework for the education of pre-school children through to reception age.

Our aim is to provide a programme which meets each child’s individual needs. All children will be involved in exploring the same topic but different activities will be provided which are appropriate to their age, stage and developmental needs. These topics are flexible and may change as the children’s needs do or will become more focused to the children’s interests. All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Learning is very much play-based, adult-led and child initiated. Activities are provided to offer a wide range of experiences from which your child can build and expand their knowledge and skills.

Characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and Exploring – Engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to “have a go”

Active Learning – Motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keep trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Making relationships
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Physical Development Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language Listening and attention
Understanding
Speaking
Specific Areas
Literacy Reading
  Writing
Mathematics Number
  Shape, space and measures
Understanding the world People and Communities
The world
Technology
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative

Yearly Overview

Autumn Spring Summer
Settling in, getting to know each other and getting used to routines. Fairy stories Growing and Planting
Baseline observations and all about me plans. All about me plans shared with parents. Chinese New Year
Dinosaurs
World book day
Father’s Day – Dads invited in
Phonics sessions start daily in differentiated groups.    
Key worker focused time addressing key skills and developmentally appropriate activities x1 weekly. Mother’s Day – Parents invited in Moving on to Reception
Forest school sessions weekly.   Sports day
Colours – Elmer story Phonics sessions daily in differentiated groups.  
Owls – Owl babies Forest school sessions weekly. Phonics sessions daily in differentiated groups
  Key worker focused time addressing key skills and developmentally appropriate activities x1 weekly. Forest school sessions weekly
Christmas – Parents invited in. Parents invited in to spend session in Pre-School. Key worker focused time addressing key skills and developmentally appropriate activities x1 weekly
Parents Evening, learning journeys shared. End of Autumn term reports sent home – November Spring Term Reports sent home. Parents Evening
End of Term Reports