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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 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and teaching approaches are best suited to all children in the Early Years and Key Stage One (unless they were to meet the Early Learning Goals).

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 Early Years framework (click here for the framework) up to year 2 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:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

Curriculum Overview