The Early Years Foundation Stage at Corngreaves Academy
Our commitment to excellence at Corngreaves Academy starts in the Early Years Foundation Stage; our Pre-School and Reception classes.
Throughout your child’s Early Years journey, we foster a love of learning by exploring engaging learning opportunities both indoors and out, whatever the weather. Our play-based curriculum enables us to immerse our children in a language-rich environment, developing their communication skills and vocabulary in meaningful ways. The children's interests help to shape our teaching, and we support every child as an individual, helping them to be successful. Children learn about our world through hands-on experiences, such as messy play and cooking, and learn about growing and changes by looking closely at our natural environment. Books and talk are at the heart of our curriculum, and we use stories to learn about the world, ourselves, and each other.
At Corngreaves Academy, we nurture and respect each and every child with consistent, caring relationships built on trust and communication. We want all of our children to feel safe, secure and happy at school. Through encouragement, modelling and questioning, we enable children to become resilient, confident life-long learners. We want all of our children to believe in their own abilities and develop a positive sense of self. Children learn that everyone is unique, and we celebrate the differences between people. We follow guidance outlined by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) to keep all children safe.
Our Early Years provision offers children an exciting environment that promotes investigation, enquiry and independent thinking. We use open-ended resources and loose parts to enable children to be imaginative and develop their skills over time. Adults support children by playing alongside them, providing a narrative for their learning and moving their learning forward with careful questioning and discussion. We follow children’s interests to support their engagement and motivation to learn, observing the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ as the children develop.