Brunel Academies Trust

Curriculum - Early Years

In Reception we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically. The 7 areas of learning are divided into the prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design). The prime areas are fundamental throughout the EYFS and the specific areas include the skills and knowledge which provide important contexts for learning.
We deliver the curriculum through a balance of planned, purposeful play as well as adult-directed learning to enable the children to build on what they already know. The children use both the indoor and outdoor classroom during teacher directed and child-initiated times.

In our classrooms, you may see children playing alone or with their peers, deciding on resources and choosing how to spend their time. You may see a child playing and listening to an adult, who is modelling how to achieve something or teaching a new skill that interests the child. Adults may scaffold children's play. This involves taking their play to higher levels of learning, entering the play as a co-creator and helping to provoke a framework for the children to go from "what they know" to "what else they could know". Adults will observe, model, facilitate, question and extend our children's play.

We aim to offer the children a 'Rainbow of Experiences' that encompasses our school vision. Each child is encouraged to choose from different learning areas from the 'Rainbow Wall' so that they have experienced a range of learning activities and had the opportunity to develop different skills. These experiences will be linked to key skills, next steps and the children's interests.

We have a particular love for outdoor learning. Each week come rain or shine, we take part in Forest Schools. This allows the children to enjoy nature and enjoy active, hands-on learning in our specially designed grounds.

Tapestry Online Learning Journal

At Wyndham Park we strongly believe that each child's learning journey is unique. We use Tapestry Online Learning Journal across all Reception classes as a way to record and communicate children's experiences and learning and to involve parents.

Useful Information 

Development Matters Curriculum

Early Years Parents Information Afternoon

How to pronounce the sounds

We use Oxford Owl Phonics - Helping your child at home with reading