Our approach to learning
The learning programme in our Early Years Foundation stage is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our aim is to provide holistic learning in a safe, happy and stimulating environment through which all children are challenged and make outstanding progress. To develop confident, happy children, equipped with foundations to nurture a lifelong love of learning. To engage with and value contributions from parents, professionals and the local community to ensure best outcomes for children and best value for Oasis Academy Fir Vale.
We want our children to:
* Experience the joy of discovering new things
* Develop a thirst for learning through interesting, play based activities
* Develop communication skills to enable them to express themselves
* Develop positive relationships, understand their emotions and learn to self regulate
* Develop learning skills to enable them to be successful in their educational journey and beyond
* Experience the natural environment outside and access learning on a larger scale
To achieve this we have designed a bespoke curriculum, based on the principles of the Early Years Statutory Framework, which is carefully matched to our unique context. It is driven by first hand experiences and language development. It is ambitious as it aims to address social disadvantage by removing barriers to learning and raising aspirations. This is achieved by widening the children’s experiences. This is coupled with opportunities to acquire vocabulary, knowledge and skills in context.
We foster a harmonious atmosphere which supports and promotes self-esteem. We build confident communicators supporting every child as an individual across development in all areas of the Early Years and Foundation Stage. We help every child to grow up feeling confident about their own identity, in a spirit of friendship, understanding fairness and the rights of others, valuing diversity, and ready to be a British citizen.
The subjects we cover in our Curriculum include the following:
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Safe-care
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We want our parents and carers to feel involved and value when it comes to their child's education, therefore we frequently provide information to parents about the learning that is happening and planned for their child’s future. We do this through displays, newsletters, discussions, social media, class dojo and using the school website as a platform. We also ask parents to celebrate and share their child’s successes they notice with us to.