Our Curriculum Intent
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 based on the ‘In the moment’ planning approach. We learn both inside and out all year round, planning and resourcing exciting learning opportunities and environments for the children to access independently. We aim to help children with their transition into school life and make them feel happy, safe and successful as learners, ready for the next steps in their learning journey though St Peter’s. We plan for and encourage this through the characteristics of effective learning; playing and exploring, active learning and thinking and creating critically (EYFS Framework, March 2021). We celebrate children’s learning on our ‘Look what I can do’ display outside the classroom and on the Tapestry app which can be accessed and contributed to by both school staff and family members and offers a wonderful record and regular update of each child’s learning journey.
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.
For further guidance and support when using Tapestry please see our Rainbow Class page.
Progression in Early Years
This document is based on the updated (as of April 2021) EYFS statutory framework set by the Government and will be in place from September 2021.