The early years at Belton Lane is a wonderful place to start your school career! The environment lends itself beautifully to the early years curriculum with bright large adjoining classrooms to enable free flow of children. These lead onto our large open spaces for outdoor learning with a mud kitchen, large apparatus, sand pit, big build area and lots of room for us to set up engaging activities that cover all areas of the curriculum!
The areas of learning are:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
Our curriculum is vibrant, fun and relevant to our children. Each half-term the children are introduced to a new topic through which they will discover and learn in all the areas from literacy and mathematics to expressive arts and the world. Our topics and activities flex to ensure we are able to engage every child in learning opportunities that interest them as a group and as an individual.
The curriculum is play based and the children have plenty opportunity to self-select activities in addition to discreet phonics and maths sessions, adult led activities and whole class learning, story and circle times.
The classrooms are organised into areas of continuous provision including water, sand, role play, reading, writing, maths, small world, small and large construction, creative and malleable play. These areas of continuous provision are reflected in the outdoor environment which children have access to everyday - whatever the weather!
Assessment is carried out by teachers who carefully observe each child individually and in groups. These assessments inform the teachers planning and provide 'next steps' for every child's learning. Records our kept on our online Tapestry journal which every parent has access to and can upload and add to their child's learning journey.
Phonics & Reading
We teach daily discrete phonics sessions using Phonics Bug which is based on the Letters and Sounds programme. Following each differentiated session adults lead group phonic activities to extend the learning in the lesson. Children have lots of opportunity to practice their phonics within the continuos provision. Phonics is supported at home with our sound books that enable children to work systematically through the programme. Teachers use these to support their assessments of the childrens progress.
Children have access to a print rich environment with enticing reading corners, a well stocked library and daily story times. Children take books home everyday from our reading schemes which include, Rigby Star, Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree and All Aboard to read alongside a parent or carer.
Home Learning & Involving Parents
At Belton Lane we value the support of our parents in their child's education and aim to create strong home school links with our parent community.Children have plenty of opportunity to continue their learning at home through the weekly maths challenges and daily reading and sound books.
Every child's Tapestry journal provides a unique window into each child's learning at school and parents are encouraged to upload photos and commentary regarding their child at home. We are building upon the opportunities for parents to join us in EYFS and plan curriculum workshops and events throughout the year for parents.