Curriculum

 

Wells House curriculum encourages children to think, reason, question, experiment and explore, each child will have a  Key Worker as we believe that warm, nurturing relationships are fundamental to meeting the young child's needs for love, security, recognition and encouragement.

Examples of Curriculum activities in which we encourage all Wells House children to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters

 

Personal Social and Emotional

All activities within an anti discriminatory context, Role-play, Conversations, outings, meal times, display work, festivals, animal care, story telling, theme work, talking books, baking, jigsaws, group discussions, problem solving activities, group activities, one to one interaction, free expression, responsibilities, circle time, self help activities, praise, routines.

 


Communication and Language

 Story telling, role-play, conversations, board games, puppets, small world, computer, rhymes, singing, recognition cards, water and sand play, peer interaction, jolly phonics, group activities, outdoor play, theme work, one to one interaction, music and movement, circle time, questioning, mark making, free expression, construction activities, creative activities.

 


Mathematics

Baking, sand and water play, drawing, construction activities, dominoes, lotto games, computer, rhymes, recognition cards, counting, sorting activities, group games, outdoor play, soft foam shapes, shape sorters, jigsaws, theme work, treasure baskets, circle time, small world, free expression, meal times, cutting, toileting, questioning, one to one opportunities, display work, sharing, exploration of environment, measuring, books.

Understanding of the World

Recycling, looking at plants, insects & wildlife, environmental activities, weather activities, modelling, science experiments, theme work, festivals & celebrations, map reading, computer, life cycles, pet care, outings, outdoor play, sensory activities, French lessons, food tasting, music lessons, outside play, treasure baskets, role-play, ourselves, books, library visits, treasure baskets, questioning, explore close environment, ICT equipment, construction.

Physical Development

Ball games, construction activities, movement & music, outdoor play, indoor physical activities, cutting activities, apparatus, role-play, water & sand play, threading, group games, exercise, meal times, routines, action & finger rhymes, bikes & push along toys, bats & balls, parachute play, Swimming, quiet periods, malleable activities, books, small world, responsibilities.

Expressive arts and design

Colour mixing, painting, collaging, cutting, crayoning, drawing, junk modelling, music & dance, role-play, free expression, printing, mark making, chalking, water & sand play, baking, puppet making, craft activities, theme work, festivals & celebrations, instruments, papier mache, pre-writing, still life drawing, sensory activities, photography, cultural sounds.

Literacy

Pens, pencils, rubbers, felt tips, chalking, crayons, books, signs, French, recognition cards, story time, display work, jigsaws, sponge painting, bubble printing, stamps and ink pads, computer, magazines.

 

Early Years Foundation

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The revised, simpler framework for the EYFS was implemented in 2012 and was updated, effective from 1 September 2014

You can download the documents in the next section. Further information can be found on the Foundation Years website: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/


Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report

  •   Staff enjoy taking children on a journey and watching them develop key skills for future life and learning  

  •   Every child receives tailored play experiences based on their current stages of development and interests  

  •   Babies have space to move freely, developing their physical skills as they begin to master walking  

  •   Pre-school children are excited to explore cultural differences and enjoy learning French to enhance their knowledge of the world  

  •   Parents are well informed about their child's development and are encouraged to be involved