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Early Years

In Nursery and Reception, we plan activities and experiences that help children to make progress in their development and learning. We value that young children will have had an extensive range of different experiences and will already have a wide range of skills and interests when they join Alfred Salter. We plan and resource our curriculum taking account of children’s interests and needs and providing opportunities for all children to thrive.

Throughout each day, the children have opportunities to explore and develop learning experiences which help them to make sense of the world through structured play. They practise and build up ideas and learn how to control their actions and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

The learning environment is planned for both indoors and outdoors to encourage a positive attitude to learning. The children decide which free-flow activities to engage in, as this encourages autonomous learning. We enjoy taking the children out on visits and inviting visitors into the school. We also enjoy exploring the school environment, including our school garden. Throughout the year, we increasingly take part in whole school activities, such as singing assemblies and whole school celebrations. Our ‘Culture bag’ is a key part of Reception. This is an opportunity for every child to share with the class their heritage.

At Alfred Salter, we believe that all parents and carers have an important role to play in the education of their child. We appreciate that parents are children’s first educators, and that when parents and practitioners work together, the results have a positive impact on the child’s overall development and learning. We recognise the importance of home/school links and enjoy developing positive relationships with the whole family.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based on seven Key Areas and four Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are as follows:

Prime Areas:

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

Specific Areas:

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

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things.