Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, both from previous settings and their experiences at home. We work in partnership with parents, carers and other settings to provide the best possible start at St Teresa’s, ensuring each individual reaches their full potential from their various starting points.
At St Teresa’s, we recognise that the pandemic has had a big impact on children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing and their ability to listen, understand and communicate. We recognise that oracy feeds into all areas of the EYFS Framework and good oracy not only improves academic outcomes but is a life skill to ensure success beyond school. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis on the Prime areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language Development when a child enters our Early Years.
We aim to develop children’s thinking and understanding which in turn promotes self-confidence, resilience and empathy which supports their well-being. Our enabling environments and skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration right from the start. We provide an engaging, topic-based curriculum that maximises opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links and learning experiences, as well as promoting the unique child by offering extended periods of play and sustained thinking.
By the end of Reception, our intent is to ensure that all children make at least good progress from their starting points and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into year 1.