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Birchwood Nursery School

Our Curriculum Intent

At Birchwood Nursery School and Preschool, we recognise that every child is unique and each cohort of children is distinctive. Every child brings something different with them when they join our school and we embrace this richness and diversity within the Birchwood community. We know that our children enter Preschool and Nursery with varied life experience and cultural capital and we aim to provide child- centred learning experiences and opportunities in order for all children to achieve their potential and to become independent and lifelong learners.

We provide a safe, rich and varied learning environment both inside and outside. We deliver a curriculum, ensuring it meets the statutory requires of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum in order to the needs and interests of our current children. The curriculum provides opportunities to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge of our children and to help them become successful learners, preparing them for life in a modern world and empower them to achieve success in the future.

Our Mission Statement says that ‘A secure and happy child today promotes a fulfilled, independent adult of tomorrow’ and through this we believe our children should be:

Independent, Curious, Confident, Resilient, Thoughtful, Decision Makers, Explorative, Tolerant, Respectful, Self- Regulators, Communicators, Caring, Persistent, Creative, Risk Takers, Sociable, Eco-Warriors, Kind, Friendly

We have recently achieved our Communication Friendly Award and communication is at the forefront of all that we do. All children are encouraged to express their needs and wants by either verbalising, pictures cues, or gestures. We believe all children have the right to be listened to and heard by the adults and they find ways to communicate with them in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Our Curriculum Aspirations

We have high aspirations for our children and we aim that this cohort of children will leave with these core skills and experiences:-

  • Be independent, curious learners who are confident to express themselves in a variety of ways.
  • Recognise and understand their emotions and to develop positive relationships.
  • Show resilience, perseverance and take risks when exploring the outdoor environment.
  • Have a love of books and to use this knowledge to retell familiar stories.
  • Represent their thoughts in marks and to be able to talk about them.
  • To demonstrate mathematical awareness in practical everyday situations.
  • Care for their environment and to understand that what they do has an impact on the world around them.
  • Use their imagination to develop their play and to select resources for a desired effect.