Mission Statement

At Collyhurst Nursery School we aim to create a happy, secure and stimulating working environment in which all members of the school community can grow in confidence and develop their full potential. Our intent is to provide every child with a tailored sequential set of learning experiences. There is an explicit focus on the wellbeing of children enabling our children to achieve well across the whole early years curriculum.

Ofsted (2019) "Staff know exactly what children need to know before moving on to more diffucult learning"

The School's aims are:

• To value and recognise the uniqueness and achievement of every member of our school family

• To promote British and Universal values and attitudes of care, tolerance, trust and respect within the school and wider community

• To nurture and support all abilities, helping every child to achieve his/her full potential in all areas of learning - intellectual, emotional, physical, social, moral, sprititual and cultural 

• To ensure excellence in teaching and learning within a high quality learning environment, through leadership and within all aspects of school life

• To equip children with the resiliance and perserverance to become creative and independent thinkers and to become learners for life within an ever-changing world

• To take an holistic approach to support the teaching of the full breadth and of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 

Enjoy, learn and achieve, together we will succeed !

Ofsted (2019) "We saw that children achieved very well across the curriculum. They are ready for the next stage of education."

 

Curriculum

Our curriculum provides children with the oppertunity to explore, be independent and curious learners in a safe and nuturing, inclusive environment that ensures all children have the best possible start to their education. Our stimulating indoor and outdoor environment promotes and streches the ability of learners to imagine, collaberate and question and empowers the children to be in control of their learning. This enables our children to become resilient to failure and curious with high levels of wellbeing and involvment.

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.

Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments (Development Matters, Early Education.) The four themes within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum underpin all that we do to support each child’s learning and development. Staff have an excellent understanding of the importance of learning through play. Our curriculum is based on the principle that progress and development occur when children show high levels of involvment.

Assessment 

We have a complete ‘Birth to 5 years’ on-line assessment system which provides a framework for assessing and tracking children’s achievements and progress. Our qualified teachers and teaching assistants have a wealth of professional expertise and knowledge of early childhood development.

It has been designed by Early Excellence to support best practice. The system provides a ‘starting point’ and monitors children’s progress in six-monthly milestones. The teacher assessment is a holistic observational based assessment of the ‘whole child’ and takes account of children’s Well-being and Levels of Involvement. Deep-level involvement indicates increased brain activity and helps the child’s brain to grow and develop! This is when the child makes progress. The system also places a high emphasis on tracking the development of children’s Characteristics of Effective learning, their skills within the Prime Areas of Learning and their development across the Specific Areas of Learning.

Also our assessment system supports the identification of children who may need additional support and intervention to help them achieve their full potential. In the week when children are identified as ‘Focus Children’ parents are invited to share their home learning and will meet with staff in the week / end of the week to discuss their child’s progress.

The system creates stunning learning journeys which parents can access at home. Parents can contribute to the Learning Journeys by sending in photographs and notes celebrating how the child is learning at home.