Early Years Curriculum

In Early Years we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which is mandatory for all early years providers.
We operate a 2 year rolling programme when planning with a 'loose' theme focus which can be and is regularly altered  based on the interests of the children.  The themed approach covers both Nursery and Reception so that joined activities can be planned across the year.
The Early Years Curriculum also delivers our whole school intent which focus on STEM,  Creative Development and Physical and Mental Well-being which is woven into the activities planned and the learning environment.
 
Phonics
In Nursery the first sounds are taught using Jolly Phonics which associates letter sounds with actions. In Reception we then move on to deliver our phonics teaching through Read Write Inc
 
Reading
In Nursery we share a wide range of books with the children and send home books from our library for children to share with their parents. In Reception children begin to take home their own home/school reading book. Initially this will be a picture book to discuss but this soon moves on to our reading scheme which supports the phonics teaching in the classroom along with the development of sight vocabulary.
 
Writing
At Wylam First School we use cursive handwriting. This is developed from Nursery. In Nursery the children are at first taught to write their name in capital letters. There are also a range of programmes used in Nursery to support fine and gross motor development.
This progresses, once fine motor skills have developed and hand muscles are strengthened, to copying writing patterns and then the formation of cursive letters. This is then built on in Reception.
 
Talk for Writing
We follow the Talk for Writing programme in Early Years to support the development of communication and language which then moves on to the understanding of story structure and story writing.
 
Maths
As a school we use White Rose Maths for our Maths curriculum. Although there is currently not an Early Years focus for this we use the same resources and techniques in Early Years with a huge focus on language development for problem solving and reasoning.
 
PSED
We follow Twinkl RE and Twinkl PSHE across our school and also focus on No Outsiders to teach our Equalities education.