Early Years

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”Dr Zeus
” Children make excellent progress in the Nursery and Reception classes in response to outstanding teaching, and captivating and challenging activities,”Ofsted 2014

Early Years Ethos

At Tregolls School we believe that children deserve the best possible start to their education.
Our dedicated Early Years team provide a safe, happy, caring, secure learning environment that builds upon each individuals wants, needs and interests, where children flourish, feeling confident and ready to learn.
We are committed to providing a quality Early Years education that each individual to ‘be the best that they can be.’

Aims

We believe that the Early Years are critical in children’s development and that the EYFS builds a firm basis for future learning, development and independence.
We educate the WHOLE CHILD and embrace a CAN DO ethos.

We aim to:

  • Provide the highest quality learning experiences for all children. Learning that is Vivid – Real – Relevant – Enjoyable – Challenging
  • Provide the highest quality teaching and learning that takes account of, and responds to, the children’s interests, and developmental needs and allows them to make progress on an individual basis.
  • Provide children with first hand learning experiences rooted in purposeful play in which they can become actively engaged, expressing thoughts, ideas and feelings.
  • Ensure that children develop positive attitudes to learning, self-motivation, curiosity, confidence and responsibility.
  • Know and respect our children and their families as individuals, celebrating the richness of diversity and identity.
  • Develop strong and trusting relationships with our families.
  • Value and nurture children’s curiosity, creativity and desire to make sense of the world, giving time for their thoughts and ideas, and value to their work, their conversations and their feelings.
  • Recognise and value children’s strengths, interests and learning styles so that they develop confidence, independence and high self-esteem.
  • Develop a team that is committed to working in partnership to best meet the needs of children and their families.
  • Support the children in making the transition to the next phase of their education with enthusiasm and confidence.

The EYFS principles which guide the work of all practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Foundation Stage Curriculum

In the Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). We support the children to become independent and collaborative learners. We provide a range of activities and experiences that encourage children to take risks, explore and make links between their explorations. We begin to embed the 6Rs that are encouraged through the rest of the school- Relationships, Reflective, Respect, Resilience, Readiness and Resourcefulness.

There are seven areas of learning and development which shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The three prime area of learning are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Prime Areas

Development in these 3 areas underpins learning in the 4 specific areas.

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Personal, Social and Emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

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Specific Areas of Learning

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

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Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

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Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role- play, and design and technology.

Throughout the year we address the different areas through a range of themes that are initiated by the children. Staff carefully observe the interests, ages and stages of learning of the children and plan activities and topics to capture those interests and ensure they build on what children can do and take their learning forward. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Growing
  • Animals
  • Space
  • Food
  • Weather

Learning Journeys

Children’s learning is recorded in an E-format Learning Journey called ‘Tapestry’ This record shows examples of photographs, written observations, examples of mark making, the child and parents voice and next steps for learning. They make a comprehensive and lovely record of your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ whilst in the Foundation Stage

These can be accessed on-line by providing school with an e-mail address and then using a login password.
We regularly share them with other professionals during moderation.

Family and Friends

Our local community is important to us and we welcome guests and visitors into Early Years to enhance our learning. We love them to help us with creative projects, watch our performances and help to eat the tasty food we have prepared!

We work closely with parents, which is encouraged right from the start before children start school or nursery. We see that parents know so much about their child and this information can really help their child progress.

We encourage parents to come into school through transition meetings, open afternoons and family learning sessions. Parents are always welcome to make individual appointments with teachers after school. We encourage parents to come and share their skills.

Action Packed

At Tregolls we aim to cater for the individual needs and interests of our children. Children may choose from a wide and varied selection of activities:

  • Creating imaginative games in the role play
  • Sharing stories and books together
  • Use a variety of construction toys to create interesting structures
  • Choose their own mark making tools and media to develop early writing and drawing skills
  • Get messy with gloop, foam spaghetti and porridge!
  • Paint, print and explore colour, shape, pattern and texture
  • Get creative with playdoh and collage materials
  • Interactive learning on the white board, i-pads and pc’s
  • Explore and investigate in the fantastic purpose built sand and water area
  • Explore on the balance bikes
  • Tackle the climbing ramp and slide
  • And even help to feed the chickens!

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Outdoor Learning

We have a superb outdoor area and children are encouraged to learn through investigating their environment, building independence, resilience and confidence.

We provide children with protective clothing so that they can get active and get learning!

Foody Fun

Our children are taught about the importance of a healthy diet, keeping fit and being clean. We have a healthy snack during the course of the morning session and really enjoy taking part in our ‘make your own snack’ activity.

Our families are encouraged to provide a healthy packed lunch if children stay for lunch and children bring in their own water bottles so that a drink is always available.

What to Wear

Nursery and Reception children wear our school uniform with pride, helping them to feel part of the whole school community and to look smart, think smart and act smart!

It is really important that children have a water proof coat and their own wellington boots in school every day so that they can make the most of the outside area – come rain or shine ! We are looking forward to having lots of fun outside this term!

Key Contact Information

  • Carol Highly – School Nurse – 01872 221704
  • Speech and Language Support – Elanor.Evans@CLOSPCT.cornwall.nhs.uk
  • Children’s Centre Trelander – 01872 278639
  • Children’s Centre Tregolls – 01872 278095
  • Health Visitor – Emma Hawkin – 01872 221700

Transition Made Easy

Our Nursery’s location within the main school enables us to work closely with the Reception classes and makes for a smooth transition when it is time for your child to start school.

We play an active part in school life and join in with whole school celebrations and events.

Our Nursery Children recently saw the Sea King helicopter land on our school field and we were able to perform our Christmas play on the main school stage for our grown ups to watch!