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Early Years at The Mead Schools

Early Years

At our schools, children are given the opportunity to learn, through play based activities, both indoors and outdoors.

We also use the school grounds and local woods to support our learning.

Ofsted have produced a video of our Foundation Stage Unit as part of a suite of films showing good practice in the Early Years.

Please click below to view our practice in action
RIGHT from the start early years good practice films:
The Mead Community Primary School – Video 4 of 6

The Mead Community Primary School – Video 1 of 6

Early Years at River Mead

Early Years Curriculum

The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven key areas of learning.
These are:

PRIME AREAS

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

SPECIFIC AREAS

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

Our Vision is that all children are happy, thrive and succeed during their first year at school. A carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by the children’s interests, ensures children are active participants in their learning and development.

Early Years at River Mead
Early Years at River Mead

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning ensures that the opportunities to explore key skills within these seven areas are provided through an enabling, exciting and supportive environment.

Observation of children in their play, by all adults including parents, supports the curriculum and informs next steps in the children’s learning.

Cross-curricular opportunities are skilfully planned to enable children to maximise on learning together with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

Early Years at River Mead
Early Years at River Mead

Our Environment

Before the children start at school, there are several opportunities for the children to visit their new learning environment and staff in the school. The children are visited at home by two of the Reception Team and parents are invited to an open evening to find out about life at our schools before commencing their first day at school.

Parental Partnerships

We strongly believe that parental partnerships can only support children’s learning and throughout the year we run Family Learning Workshops, where parents can find out about how we teach key skills and how to support your child at home.

These workshops also provide an opportunity to spend time with your child learning in their classroom environment on each school site.

Early Years Enrichment

Enrichment opportunities are experienced throughout the year and provide learning opportunities for first hand, real life experiences.

Such opportunities have been…

A visit by the police during our “People who help us” enquiry.
A sports coach to teach us Olympic skills during an Olympic themed day.

We learn with children from other year groups in the school during learning opportunities like “shared reading time” on our Hilperton site with some of the Key Stage 2 children.

These workshops also provide an opportunity to spend time with your child learning in their classroom environment on each school site.

Early Years at River Mead

Story Telling

Here are children making up stories in our story telling area.

Role Play

Here are children engaged in the hospital role-play.

Play

An important part of learning is play.

Writing

Here are the children making sandwiches which then helped them to learn how to write instructions.

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