At STMP we place a huge importance on creating an engaging, multi-sensory learning environment that fosters a love of learning, allows children to build their confidence and resilience, encourages exploration and reflects the children’s interests and learning needs.
Our approach to learning in the Early Years is designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-regulation, enabling a ‘can do’ attitude towards new experiences and challenges. We place emphasis on developing personal and social skills, praising positive behaviour and encouraging a thoughtful and considerate attitude towards others. We appreciate that all children are unique, and that children learn best when encouraged to follow their individual interests and make their own choices. We therefore aim to provide an environment full of opportunities in terms of materials, time and space for children to become absorbed in their play.
Our learning environment, teaching and interactions are carefully planned to support the children’s development across all 7 areas of learning. Learning takes place through a balance of structured activities, challenges and independent exploration. Adults are there to observe, support and extend children’s play and use their interests and ideas as a starting point for future learning opportunities.
Children in our EYFS will have access to a range of continuous provision both indoors and outdoors every day. These include the following areas:
- Role Play and Home Corner
- Small World
- Block Construction
- Water and Sand
- Sensory Play
- Art and Design
- Mark making and writing
Observations and Interactions
During continuous provision Early Years staff engage and interact with children in purposeful ways that identify the children’s learning needs and next steps. We take photos of the children’s learning, record observations and share these insights with parents via Tapestry. Staff use these observations to then plan future activities that meet the learning needs of the children, further their development and build on their interests.
At STMP we believe that developing a love of learning is paramount and a guarantor of future success. We seek to prepare the children for the next stage in their lives, providing them with the necessary skills, abilities and confidence to enable them to flourish and reach their full potential.
Curriculum and Progression Maps
Further information about our curriculum and provision can be found within our Curriculum and Progression Maps at the bottom of the page. You will also find all of the planning and resources which inform our practice within our Nursery and Reception classrooms on dedicated planning displays.