There are two early years classes, Butterflies and Ladybirds. In these classes, children learn through play and develop the skills that they will rely on as they grow.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. At Parnwell we believe in creating strong foundations of learning for children to build upon. In both the Ladybird and Butterfly class children learn through structured and free play, with planned purposeful activities, that provide opportunities for teaching and learning both indoors and outdoors. Over the year children cover 3 topics.
The children of Butterflies and Ladybirds have recorded some video and some photographs, which have been made into a short video.
The curriculum in Reception is structured to take account of the different starting points of children and is inspired by their interests. The environment in reception is rich and stimulating and adults provide high quality interaction to encourage children's language and communication skills. The planned provision focuses on utilising multi-sensory aspects of learning and activities are planned to acquire phonic knowledge and concepts of number. Children are actively encouraged to free flow between indoor and outdoor activities.
The curriculum is made up of three prime areas of learning (which include the essential foundations of learning) and four specific areas. The prime areas of learning include:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Children learn essential skills that help them to develop their self confidence and self awareness, manage their behaviour and feelings and form relationships with others.
2) Communication and Language - Children develop important listening and attention skills, improve their understanding of language and develop their speaking skills.