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Our Values 

 We are about 'Learning Without Limits' and our values are

  • Everybody – Learning is at its most powerful when it is a social and collaborative experience in which everyone can take part and contribute. Expectations are set high for everybody. Everyone is planned for and valued equally. Everybody without exception can learn and become a better learner.
  • Responsibility – Children take responsibility for their learning and their behaviour. 
  • Trust – We trust our children to make the most of the experiences they encounter in school, we trust them to participate in learning opportunities and to make the right choices
  • Courage - Learning takes courage. Things will go wrong and mistakes will be made and it is imperative that children develop resilience and perseverance  

A Growth Mindset

We encourage the children to adopt a growth mindset believing that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. We help children understand that talent can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. We use current research to support our ideas and we work hard to model language which promotes this belief.

We develop our children to believe -

 

I worked in a challenging way and pushed my thinking
I had no fear of being judged
I showed grit and kept going when things got difficult
I demonstrated no fear of failure
I kept practising, used effort and was adventurous with my learning
I listened to feedback and I was patient

 

Curriculum 

Alongside our values sits our curriculum. We organise this into learning themes, designed with the children at their heart, to excite and engage. Each theme is driven by the children’s interests and enriched with visits and experiences to motivate and inspire them.

Please click on the link below to see more about our curriculum

 

What Is Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Foundation Stage is the stage of education for children from three to the end of the Reception year.

 

The emphasis in the Foundation Stage and throughout your child’s first year of school is on learning through play and active learning. We work hard to provide an environment that will support and extend children’s learning. The role of the adult is to scaffold, extend and challenge the children’s thinking.

 

We have worked hard to develop a creative curriculum for our children through the introduction of learning themes. This approach builds on the children’s prior knowledge and their current interests to make learning relevant and fun. It is always a pleasure to observe children learning within an environment that excites and interests them, an environment we strive to achieve at Uphill.

 

Click on the link below to check out our EYFS class pages and see our exciting curriculum in action

The Reception classes are extremely lucky to have a designated outdoor area and we firmly believe learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. We operate a free flow system so children can follow their own interests in their learning; whether this is inside or outside the classroom. We aim to utilise the outdoor space as much as possible, so please can you make sure your child is equipped for all weathers!

 

The Foundation Stage is made up of 7 areas of learning, each of equal importance.

  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art & Design

 

There is a strong emphasis placed on their communication, physical and social development in the first term to ensure that each child settles in, makes friends and adjusts well to school life. Throughout the course of the year the children will be assessed in each of the areas. This is done through observing the children playing and interacting with each other, taking notes, photographs and keeping significant pieces of work.
 
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