By creating a safe and happy environment, with exciting and enjoyable learning experiences, we enable children to become confident and independent learners. We believe each child is unique and has individual interests so we work closely alongside all our parents and carers finding out what makes each child tick and to meet each child’s needs, so that all children can reach his or her full potential.
Our curriculum is exciting and challenging and is based on our observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning, which are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
These areas are equally important and are taught through a cross-curricular, topic-based approach. Our children learn best by playing and exploring, so we plan specific opportunities to develop their critical thinking and to engage them in active learning. We want your children to LOVE coming to school!
Working in partnership with parents/carers
Before children even start at Lucas Vale, we meet our children and families through welcome sessions and ‘stay and play’ dates. Once the children have started at school, we build on these relationships further, by continuing to work in close partnership working with parents and carers.
Assessments and Trackers
We observe our children across all areas of learning and this evidence is captured through photographs, notes and observations about their development and progress. These are then recorded in each child’s individual Learning Journey. We actively encourage parents and carers to be a part of this process by regularly completing “WOW” cards which highlight the parent voice from home and strengthen our parent-school partnership. We use Educater and 2Simple to track the children’s progress and to assess each child’s needs.
In line with guidance from ‘The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year – set out in Development Matters.