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Respect, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Teamwork and Fairness

Our EYFS Curriculum

 

EYFS at Comber Grove - Educating the whole child

 

A Caring Approach

 

The welfare and wellbeing of our children is at the heart of everything we aim to achieve at Comber Grove.

A child cannot be expected to learn if they feel unhappy and uncared for. To make this possible we build strong relationships with our families and try to understand some of the difficulties faced by our local community.

  • We carry out a home visit for all children who are due to join our nursery and reception classes. We meet the family in their own home and develop a relationship with the child before they start their new class.
  • Our classrooms are calm and routines are clearly in place, children feel safe. They know what is happening and when it is happening.
  • Our children are clear about behaviour expectations. Being kind to others is key to building a positive classroom culture.
  • Our children are encouraged to think about their feelings and are given time to talk about how to resolve problems.
  • Our children participate in regular mindfulness sessions. They learn how to relax and take their minds off things that may be worrying them.
  • The snack table provides a breakfast for those children who have not had an opportunity to eat before they arrived at school. Further healthy snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. We talk to children about making healthy choices.
  • Our adults have time to listen to children and their families.

 

Partnership with parents

A partnership approach means greater success for our children. We recognise the value of teaching parents to teach, learning to have the confidence to help their child at home. We also draw on the rich resource that our local community has to offer. Our families have a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the globe. We celebrate their differences and embrace diversity. Our children need to understand what makes them who they are.

  • Our families join us for a family feasts, a time to share food from around the world.
  • We run regular parental workshops for phonics, reading and maths.
  • Family Reading Friday takes place each week; parents are invited into school to read with their child.
  • Cultural differences are explored through our classroom topics and parents are invited into school to share their knowledge and experiences.

 

Nurturing a Love of Learning.

We provide stimulating and exciting learning environments in which children have opportunities to work with adults or to explore their own learning through play. We aim to provide real life, experiential activities and show children that education is an exciting opportunity to learn about the world in which they live.

  • Our children sometimes work in a focus group with an adult, learning new skills or exploring new concepts and knowledge.
  • Our children have lots of opportunity to independently explore their learning environment and practise their new skills.
  • We listen to what interests our children, making learning relevant to them.
  • Our children explore learning outside of school on regular trips and visits.
  • We bring new and exciting experiences into the classroom.

 

Partnership with parents

A partnership approach means greater success for our children. We recognise the value of teaching parents to teach, learning to have the confidence to help their child at home. We also draw on the rich resource that our local community has to offer. Our families have a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the globe. We celebrate their differences and embrace diversity. Our children need to understand what makes them who they are.

  • Our families join us for a family feasts, a time to share food from around the world.
  • We run regular parental workshops for phonics, reading and maths.
  • Family Reading Friday takes place each week; parents are invited into school to read with their child.
  • Cultural differences are explored through our classroom topics and parents are invited into school to share their knowledge and experiences.
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