At Okehampton Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundations Stage Statutory Framework; setting learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years.
The framework has four main principles:
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s learning and development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. We respond to each child’s needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.
Continuous Provision is how we plan our learning environment. The purpose of continuous provision is "to continue the provision for learning in the absence of an adult". Each and every part of our learning environment has been carefully planned to meet and challenge the development needs of our children.
Learning opportunities are carefully planned around the interests of the children so they can lead, take ownership and become immersed in their learning. We support the children to develop their skills progressively in exciting, fun and creative ways to achieve the highest standards possible. We also provide 'hooks' or 'scenarios' to support their ideas and to really engage the children in their new learning experiences.
As well as our indoor provision, our outdoor provision provides varied and exciting experiences. This includes our mud kitchen, outdoor learning area and access to a well-planned outdoor space which offers the children those experiences only available in the natural world.
At Okehampton Primary School, our approach recognises the very best practice in Early Years Education, ensuring a safe, happy and secure environment for children to develop and grow. Our curriculum is planned completely through play. Children move through the Foundation Stage at their own pace with Reception children getting support through a more structured curriculum during the day. However, the younger ‘Nursery’ children are welcome to join in with these sessions, giving them an excellent foundation for their future learning. Each child is supported according to their needs whether that be needing additional support or the need to be challenged; continuity and progression are ensured. Our free flow approach between ‘Nursery’ and ‘Reception’ helps our children transition smoothly and successfully into Reception.