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Early Years

EYFS

In Nursery and Reception at Applegarth we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which sets out learning for children aged 0-6. It involves play based activities and experiences and covers seven different areas.  We plan a rich, creative and challenging curriculum, which is based on our observation of children’s needs, interests and stages of development and covers all the areas of learning with a cross-curricular approach.

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The seven areas of learning are split into prime areas and specific areas. The prime areas focus on children’s capacity to learn, healthy development and the importance of building good relationships with others.  As children grow and mature in the prime areas, they become ready to develop and acquire skills and knowledge in the specific areas.

The Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of the areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.

Nursery

Welcome to Applegarth Academy Nursery

At Applegarth Academy, we are fortunate to have a 52 placed Nursery attached to our school which provides children from the age of three with a rich and creative learning environment, helping them to develop as confident and independent young people. If your child is 3 years old (from Sep 2013- Aug 2014) then he/she will be entitled to 15 hours of free learning within our Nursery each week.  For a small fee, parents and carers are able to buy additional sessions (including the lunchtime) to supplement the 15 hours, which many parents and carers find invaluable when trying to juggle work and other responsibilities.

The benefits of having a Nursery on our school site are huge as the children get to access a vast range of resources and facilities that other smaller settings (such as a pre-school or child-minder) may not be able to provide. For example, our Nursery children have access to our ICT suite, hall and all of the areas within our school grounds including our pond, field and playgrounds. Being part of Applegarth Academy also means that our youngest children are able to join in with whole school events such as the Christmas performances, assemblies and other events like Beep Beep Day, Anti-Bullying Week and Jeans for Genes Day.

Having been with us throughout Nursery, all of the children who then transfer to our Reception classes do so with confidence, particularly as they already know the adults in and around the school and are familiar with the learning environment. It also means that assessment information is passed across seamlessly from Nursery to Reception, supporting children in their progress.  Whilst transfer is not automatic and parents need to apply for a Reception place (via the Local Authority), we find that many of the children who attend our Nursery put Applegarth Academy as their first preference when deciding on a school place.

Following on from improvements to our Reception classrooms and outdoor learning facilities, we are now in the process of improving our Nursery area with a £20,000 refurbishment of the outdoor area, alongside further improvements to indoor facilities. We’ve invested a great deal over the past year on resources to support an inspirational learning environment but are committed to continual improvement. We’ve just introduced Ipads to the Early Years, as an assessment tool, and have been amazed at just how effective they are; we’ll continue to find innovative ways to improve the quality of provision across Nursery and Reception.

We’d love you to come and visit and find out more about what we have to offer your child. Please make an appointment via the school office or come along to one of our Open Mornings.