Our Early Years team aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning.
We create a safe and happy environment, with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences, that enable children to become confident and independent.
Children are encouraged to demonstrate our school values towards one another and are taught to value differences amongst their peers.
We nurture the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.
Children are provided with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which children explore, think creatively and are active. We aim to develop and foster positive attitudes towards learning, confidence, communication and physical development.
The Early Years Curriculum (EYFS)
Activities are planned in the unit following the Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). This covers seven areas of learning and development, which are made up of three prime areas:
* communication and language
* physical development
* personal, social and emotional development
These are then strengthened and applied through four key strands:
* understanding the world
* expressive arts and design
Learning and development opportunities are planned around the needs of the individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.
Here at Jubilee Park Academy, children learn to read, spell and write, through a lively, fun phonics programme, called ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ This is the systematic teaching of all the common sounds in the English language. Children are taught to recognise the sounds and to put them together, to sound-blend them, into words for reading. There are 3 main stages involved in the teaching of RWI Phonics, these are outlined below:
Stage 1: Alongside ‘Fred the Frog,’ children learn how to read and write Speed Sounds Set 1, which consists of initial letter sounds and the clusters, th, ch, sh and qu. Children are learnt the pure sounds and not the letter names. Once each group of sounds have been taught, children learn how to blend these together, in order to read and write simple words.
Stage 2: When all of Set 1 sounds have been learnt and children can blend them into words for reading, children complete Red Ditty books, which help them to read and spell simple words more fluently, together with the writing of simple sentences. At the same time, they learn Set 1 Green words, which are words from the Ditty, which children will be able to sound-blend together. They also learn ‘Rotten Red’ words, which are tricky words because they do not sound like they look, for example: said, you, the, of.
Stage 3: When Ditty books have been completed, children move onto the storybooks, containing lively rhyming stories, which the children love to read! Alongside these, children learn Set 2 sounds: ay, ee, igh, ow, oo (spoon) oo (book) followed by Set 3 sounds, which consist of all remaining sounds in the English language.
Children read the storybooks with their partner and are taught how to read with expression and fluency. They also learn how to answer simple questions about the text, in order to develop their comprehension skills.
Children are regularly assessed and are grouped accordingly, which means that all children regardless of their ability, achieve a high level of success becoming confident readers, writers and spellers.
To help support the phonics taught in school, parents can purchase Speed Sound cards and word cards. Children will also bring home words to read and spell, each time they start a new Ditty book or storybook.
Our Nursery environment
We provide a secure, safe and happy environment which ensures that the children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. We promote a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers to support children's experiences and respond to their individual needs.
Mornings: 8.40am - 11.45am
Afternoons: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Fulltime: 8.40am - 3.30pm (top-up fees are applicable for fulltime places)