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 separate 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 is divided into eight Areas of Learning, which is then sub-divided into aspects.
Aspects of Learning and Development
The table below shows the individual aspects of each area of learning and development.
|Area of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making Relationships|
|Managing feelings & behaviour|
|Self-confidence & self-awareness|
|Physical knowledge and skills|
|Communication and Language||Listening and Attention|
Life and Living Skills
|Environment and Community|
|Health and Self-care|
|Reading – Understanding|
|Shape, space and measure|
|Understanding the World||People and Communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Being Imaginative|
|Exploring and Using Media & Materials|
The Areas of Learning are delivered through half termly topics which rotate on a three year cycle.
We use the following phonics schemes in Key Stage 1: