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Curriculum Rationale and Aims


We believe it is essential to create a safe, secure and stimulating environment, with constant praise and encouragement, so that each child feels individually valued, motivated and confident to meet new challenges and reach our high expectations with a sense of achievement.

We want all of our children to be successful learners, to be confident individuals and to become responsible citizens.

  • We provide a balanced curriculum, based on the EYFS, across the seven areas of learning, using play as the vehicle for learning.
  • We value the purpose and place of play in the EYFS curriculum and provide a balance of guided play and unguided free playtime, alongside opportunities for children to engage in activities that are adult initiated and/or supported by the adult.
  • The children have free flow daily access to an indoor and outdoor environment that is set up in discrete areas of learning with planned continuous provision.
  • We use play based learning to build and extend upon prior learning and follow children’s current interests and experiences to further individual learning.
  • As part of our daily practice, we observe and assess children’s development and learning to inform our future plans.
  • We plan challenging learning experiences, based on the individual child, informed by observation and assessment.
  • We promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • We provide early intervention for those children who require additional support.
  • Work in partnership with parents and within the wider context



  • To build children’s positive self-image and to promote respect for each child, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, family background or special educational needs.
  • To promote the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual development of each child.
  • To provide a stimulating and safe environment for learning where children can learn through play and engage in first hand experiences.
  • To support and extend children’s learning through purposeful observation, evaluation and interaction.
  • To further improve our provision and children’s learning through the use Development Matters guidance, regular data analysis, pupil progress, feedback and continuous self-assessment.