In Rainbow Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This has seven areas of learning including three prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development; and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These are taught through child initiated play based learning activities. We have topic themes each term however we also plan from interests and ideas the children have and have adopted an ‘In the moment’ planning approach which is reactive to the strengths, needs and interests of the children. We learn both inside and out all year round and have both a covered and larger outdoor space as well as a range of resources. We celebrate children’s learning on our ‘Look what I can do’ display outside the classroom and on the Tapestry app.
In Rainbow Class we use Tapestry which is an app that allows us to record learning that has taken place in the classroom. This will be through photographs, comments, quotes and video and is individual to each child. This allows us to build a personalised learning journey for each child during their first year of school. This can also be accessed at home so parents can comment, like and see what we have been up to! It is also allows parents to upload their own photographs and comments of activities, celebrations and learning done at home which will help to build a whole picture of each child and will contribute towards meeting the Early Learning Goals. Every term the teaching team will set Love to Learn Challenges to complete at home and upload to Tapestry.