Sunningwell Pre-School
Sunningwell Pre-School

Curriculum, Teaching and Early Years Foundation Stage



Our teaching ethos is learning through play and we are passionate at ensuring teaching is delivered at the correct pace and level for each individual child.     We  encourage children to work together and develop respect for each other.


Each day we set out a range of activities for our children which, with the guidance of our staff, they are encouraged to explore at their own pace and interest.  Our staff get to know your child well and are experienced at following their lead and quickly extending the activity to follow the direction your child wants to go in while helping them reach their full potential. 


An example of this is as follows.   In one session developing fine motor skills, children were encouraged to fold a piece of paper in half.  This progressed with some children until a collection of paper aeroplanes had been made which already exceed the scope of the activitiy.    When a group of children decided to compete whose plane would fly the furthest play was not stopped but supplemented with a tape measure!    



Under pinning this approach is our curriculum which is based upon the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and follows guidelines set out by Ofsted.  Children are observed against this framework and evidence of each stage being met is recorded for parents to see.


We use Tapestry learning journal, to record and share with you your childs development. 



The areas of learning and development are listed below.


  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
    • Making relationships
    • Self confidence and self awareness
    • Manging feelings and behaviour


  • Physical Development
    • Moving and handling
    • Health and self-care


  • Communciation and Language
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking


  • Literacy
    • Reading
    • Writing


  • Mathematics
    • Numbers
    • Shapes, space and Measure


  • Understanding the world
    • People and communications
    • The world
    • Technology


  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • Exploring an using media and materials
    • Being imaginative


For further infomation please see this helpful guide produced by the Deparment for Eductation Parents guide EYFS.PDF




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