At Barford School we are passionate about providing the very best start to your child’s education. Our aim is for every child to reach their full potential academically, emotionally and physically in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
To this end we fully embrace the principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years: young children are constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured when there are positive relationships, especially when there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; that children learn to be strong and independent in enabling environments where the experiences provided respond to their individual needs as they develop and learn in different ways.
Three characteristics which guide our effective teaching and learning are:
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
- creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
We have a purpose-built Early Years indoor and outdoor classroom environment and seek to provide a safe and rich environment in which our youngest children can thrive. Each area of learning and development is supported through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. The children also take part in a daily discrete Phonics lesson.
In the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage seven areas of learning and development are identified. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• communication and language;
• physical development;
• personal, social and emotional development
Classroom staff model and support the children through the four specific areas of learning through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
• understanding the world;
• expressive arts and design.
Across all these areas, we take our lead from what interests and motivates the children in order to ensure that learning remains exciting and effective.