These are our curriculum aims for the Preschool
Early Years at Parkside is committed to offering quality care and provision for every child. We have a strong focus on a play based curriculum and catering for individual children’s interests. The characteristics of effective learning underpin all we do in the Early Years. The environments, both indoors and out, support high quality learning experiences.
Parkside Preschool is very much a part of the whole school community. All of the children in both Preschool and Reception use the school facilities which include: large hall, forest school, field, school farm, computers and library. If your child goes on to attend Parkside Primary this provides a seamless transition into Reception.
We ensure observation and assessment is at the heart of all we do, creating plans for inspiring and meaningful learning experiences for every child based on their own fascinations and needs. We plan for provision within every area of learning, the 3 Prime Areas and the 4 Specific Areas. At Parkside we work closely with parents and carers, valuing them as true partners in learning.
Areas of Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Within this area of learning children develop their relationships, their self-confidence and behaviours. At Parkside we encourage positive relationship building and plan support for children to make friends. Adults model being a considerate and responsive partner in interactions to support children in their learning. Children at Parkside are actively encouraged to try new activities and test out ideas and resources both independently and with adult support. We believe in a positive behaviour policy at Parkside and this is reflected in all our learning areas.
Communication and Language
We ensure children are exposed to a range of stories, rhymes and songs to develop their listening and attention skills. All children’s responses are valued and praised and thinking is developed by skilful questioning by the adults in the settings. Our staff are wonderful at modelling play with the children and ‘being a thinker’ which encourages the children to discuss their ideas and thoughts in the same way. Children’s understanding is developed through planned activities based on their interests and passions. Our planning includes regularly changing small world play and role plays based on topics, books and children’s interests to stimulate acting, playing in a role and using story language in play to develop a narrative.
The children are encouraged to create their own balancing courses and routes in their independent play, using a range of equipment such as crates, wooden planks and balance stones. We have a range of techniques and resources which develop fine and gross motor skills.
Children are encouraged to use mark making materials during their play, both large and small scale and refine these skills to become independent writers.
The children engage in as many opportunities as possible to share stories, songs and rhymes with adults, peers and independently. ‘Snack time’ provides us with wonderful opportunities to talk about healthy eating. The children develop responsibilities for looking after their classroom and the resources.
Children work in small groups with their key worker for their phonics sessions. Children are encouraged to use mark making materials during their play, both large and small scale and refine these skills to become independent writers. We have a range of techniques and resources which develop fine and motor skills ready for pencil control and writing.
Our children are encouraged from an early age to play with number through the use of songs and rhymes. Within the Early Years, we ensure our children are provided with opportunities to practice their number skills independently by solving practical problems, such as sharing the play food in the restaurant between the customers and paying for goods in the shop. We link mathematics to the children’s interests, for example being robots and building helmets from the large construction then giving instructions to get somewhere using positional language.
Understanding The World
Our children come from many different backgrounds and we celebrate each and every one. We encourage parents and carers to come and speak to the children about their religions and beliefs and share stories of festivals and events they have within different cultures. Our children benefit from a wide exposure to other cultures around the world.
Expressive Arts and Design
There is a wide range of creative materials which children can access independently during their play. Our children love to use construction and open ended resources to make and build models. We ensure we provide a range of tools for them to explore both indoor and outdoor. Our planning includes regularly setting up provocations in small world and role play areas based on the children’s interests to stimulate acting, playing in a role and using story language in play to develop a narrative.
In the Moment Planning
Forest School and the Farm
We take part in Forest and farm school at least twice every week. This is a chance for children to enjoy learning outdoors and develop their understanding of the world around them and how best they can help look after it.