At Poulton Nursery & Forest School our intention is to provide a broad and ambitious curriculum for our children which gives them the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
We have high aspirations for all of our children and we celebrate each child’s unique knowledge and experiences and intend to cumulatively build on what they know as well as providing a breadth of new rich learning opportunities. This prepares children for their next stage of development and education and enables each unique child to achieve their full potential.
We put the children at the heart of our practice and through our Forest School programme we intend to promote the holistic development of our children by providing exciting outdoor learning opportunities. We aim to inspire our children to develop a love for learning outdoors and exploring through natural learning. By adopting a holistic approach we intend to have a high emphasis on supporting the emotional wellbeing of our children through strong key person relationships. This enables and nurtures them to become happy, confident, independent and well-rounded individuals who are motivated, enthusiastic and love to learn.
We follow the statutory framework outlined within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Development Matters guidance and create exciting experiences and learning opportunities so our children can excel in all 7 areas of learning. We consider how our children like to learn and promote the characteristics of effective learning by providing opportunities to promote
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically.
We consider our children’s interests and incorporate these into our activities and learning experiences as we understand that children learn more effectively when engaged in activities that they are interested in. We adopt a play-based approach to learning and implement our ambitious curriculum through a mixture of:
- Child initiated play
- Skilfully planned Adult-led activities and experiences
- In the moment planning
- Providing a rich and exciting learning environment as a third teacher to spark curiosity and to ensure learning can be embedded long term by being practiced and built upon.
We encourage the use of loose parts and open-ended resources to offer a wider variety of opportunities by allowing children to think critically and creatively to encourage discovery, collaboration, risk taking and movement.
We promote the physical health, and mental health and wellbeing of our children by offering opportunities to participate in extra curricular activities such as yoga, PE and music and movement. We spend most of the day outdoors in the fresh air where children can access forest school teaching and outdoor learning to develop their personal, social and emotional development and this enables them to become well round individuals.
We educate our children on the world around them and actively involve them in our local community including regular walks in the community/parks, visits to local farms, shops and libraries and we regularly support local community events. We encourage children to develop a ‘love of reading’ and support our children to develop their vocabulary, communication and language through stories, songs and rhymes.
Our children are highly motivated, curious and enthusiastic learners. They are happy and enjoy their time at Nursery. They have positive attitudes towards play and learning and they have a thirst for learning. They are confident, resilient individuals who have high levels of self esteem and feel safe and secure. They thrive in social situations and build excellent relationships with their peers and understand rules and boundaries. They have developed a love of reading and can communicate and use new vocabulary effectively. All children including those with additional needs thrive and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) achieve the best possible outcomes. All of our children are fully prepared for their next stage of education including their all important transition to school.
We promote physical health, mental health and wellbeing of our children by offering opportunities to participate in activities such as yoga, PE, music and discussions. We promote friendships and build strong relationships with each other.
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