Curricuium – Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies

Updated 13 Oct 2020

Statement of Intent

All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our Key Worker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child, by means of developmentally appropriate play activities and high level of individual adult input. We offer a curriculum which leads nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five years.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    • Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express and manage their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also the group, its members and its property.

Communication and Language

    • In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhyme. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when ready use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both as reference and a source of stories and pictures. Children are given the opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in self expression.


    • By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis of early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding. Numbers are identified within the context of the Childs world.

Understanding of the world.

    • A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials children learn to observe the features on objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and they will be encouraged to share and record their findings.
    • Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, individually, within the group and also in the wider community. A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems

Physical Development

    • A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out doors, allows children to develop and enjoyment in the use and development of their own body skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children to safely create and meet physical challengers, developing increasing skills and control in moving, climbing, and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision. By providing a variety of foods, tastes and textures at snack time children are  encouraged to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Expressive Arts and Design

    • Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order in express their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to experiences.  Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and as part of a group.   . Art, music, movement, dance and role-play activities encourages children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings.


    • A wide range of reading materials such as books, poems, magazines and other written materials are provided to ignite the children’s interest and to familiarise them with letters, words, sentences and grammatical marks.  Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters through talking, singing and mark making and when stage appropriate to begin to read and write.