Danesfield school provides an open ended and enabling environment where play is our vehicle for learning. Research shows children are most engaged when they are undertaking activities that are initiated by them and based on their current interests. When children show high levels of involvement, progress and development subsequently occur and we aim to provide a curriculum and environment that reflects this. Children are supported by skilful staff who seize the moment when a child shows a level of interest and curiosity.
The Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years curriculum comprises seven areas of learning covering each Early Learning Goal (ELG). To reach a Good Level of Development (GLD), pupils must achieve at least expected levels in the prime areas and in Literacy and Mathematics by the end of the Reception year.
The Prime Areas Of Learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Specific Areas Of Learning:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics Of Effective Learning:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
Assessments are based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. Teachers and Teaching Assistants note, in particular, the learning which a pupil demonstrates spontaneously, independently and consistently in a range of contexts. Accurate assessment takes account of a range of perspectives including those of the pupil, parents and other adults who have significant interactions with the pupil.
For each ELG, teachers judge whether a pupil is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year (expected) or not yet reaching this level (emerging).