Early Years & KS1
We recognise that children in the early stages of development learn best through play and experience.
To that end we believe that the Ivel Valley Framework, which incorporates the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and teaching approaches are best suited to all children in the Early Years and Key Stage One.
Children in the Early Years and Key Stage One are educated together in a separate unit to the main school. They are split into two classes at points during their day, however, the Ivel Valley approach is distinct from many other schools in that the children in EYs & KS1 learn through free flow play across the unit’s classrooms and purpose built outdoor learning environment.
We use the Ivel Valley framework which incorporates the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (click here for the framework) in Early Years and Key Stage 1 as it is the most developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in the early stages of their learning.
The Early Years and Key Stage One curriculum enables children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Emotional and Social Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
…and these specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
We use the following phonics schemes in Key Stage 1;