The Early Years
At Boston Pioneers Academy we want our pupils to feel confident in embracing the challenges and opportunities that life gives them, knowing that they are unique individuals who can achieve their potential being supported in their learning by adults, rather than being dependent upon them. We embrace the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning at the heart of our EYFS provision. To become lifelong learners, we believe that our pupils need to be independent and resilient to enable them to welcome challenge. We have a strong focus on developing social skills to encourage them to work cooperatively together; take turns, share fairly and solve problems.
We would like our pupils to be respectful citizens of a multicultural world, to understand and accept that everyone is an individual and to understand and value their own and others’ beliefs. We strive to create awe and wonder and first-hand experiences as we understand that children learn more when learning is put into a real life context. This also increases the range of language that children use and are exposed to. Our planning of topics is carefully designed to meet the needs and interests of our children, reflect our local context, whilst ensuring that learning is brought to life using first-hand experiences and by bringing in visitors. Our topics have planned ‘hooks’ which are related to books and seasonal events. We understand that children have higher wellbeing and involvement levels when they are excited and have a purpose for learning.
Positive behaviour management strategies are adopted by all adults to ensure that children are nurtured and supported to develop both socially and emotionally. We view ourselves as partners in learning with the families of our children; valuing their knowledge of their child’s home learning and the wealth of experiences that they have. We include families in our curriculum by planning opportunities for them to be included in curriculum events and themed days. Our online learning journal, Tapestry, enables families to view what their child is learning at school and to contribute towards creating a holistic bank of assessment evidence by adding to it learning undertaken outside of school.
Please click below to download a copy of our EYFS overview document, which outlines the curriculum coverage each term.