Our curriculum is informed by the EYFS and incorporates all seven areas of learning which are Physical development, Communication and language, Personal, social and emotional development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. We have a holistic approach to our learning gaining as much from any one experience as possible.
This is only part of what we do, we have our own unique curriculum at Explorers which is child centred. All our experiences no matter what age or ability are led by our children. We are inclusive in all we do and follow children's interests responding skilfully in the moment to support them in achieving their goals and meeting their next steps. We have high expectations for all our children and through careful planning of our environment and providing a range of exciting experiences, activities and opportunities we support them in meeting these expectations. Outdoor learning is a huge part of who we are and what we do, we feel children learn best in the open, natural playground of the great outdoors. We use our extensive outdoor garden spaces, forest areas and farm and surrounding land to their full. We use them to teach about the natural world filling children with respect for their world and all living creatures. We aim to teach our children British values, modelling friendly behaviour and teaching them to show respect and kindness to everyone around them. We believe in risky play and allowing children to take risks, test their own ideas, building the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life, solve problems and build resilience and strength.
All staff have a passion to close the word gap and build confidence communicators, through constantly modelling new language and building up a breadth of vocabulary that reflects their experiences. Every room chooses a book of the week to read and inspire children to have a love of books, this is an important part of our curriculum.
We also aim to offer a range of unique learning opportunities through our forest school sessions, Tots adventures, extra activities such as swimming, Spanish and horse-riding.
Parent partnership is very important to us, we aim to build strong relationships with all our families taking any feedback from them seriously, listening to them and continuously reflecting on our practice.