Early Years

Statement of Intent

At Hill Top we strongly believe that the beginning of a child’s learning journey is imperative in transforming lives. We aim to ignite the flame of lifelong learning.
We want to provide exciting and stimulating areas of provision both inside and outside that enable the children to develop their Characteristics of Effective Learning and achieve to their full potential.
We want to challenge all learners by providing high quality interactions with adults and peers. Our provision is accessible to all learners. Everyone is valued as an individual and our use of child led learning ensures the engagement of our children is high.

Implementation

At Hill Top Primary Academy pupils work towards the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Nursery and Reception. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the school’s structured approach to the daily teaching of reading. The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
We have embedded work on Black History and British Values into our long term plans. This provides a rich cultural basis in which to develop the skills to be a responsible citizen.
We take pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners of all abilities demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and make good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who present with a barrier to learning are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. Age-related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong, meaningful cross-curricular links.
Inviting classroom environments stimulate learners and engage them in quality thinking and reasoning. Explicit weekly and medium-term planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating holistic approaches to teaching and learning.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. Our outside area is used constantly to provide rich learning experiences. We also use our Wildlife garden to enhance our work in nature.
We build good relationships with our families. This starts with attendance of a Little Learners group in the term before the child starts Nursery. It continues with a home visit and close working partnerships with parents. We use Evidence Me to send observations to parents and run workshops and parents’ evenings where discussions of progress and next steps can take place. We have an open door policy and maintain relationships on a daily basis.