Our toddler programme builds on the foundations laid in our baby programme - the work undertaken in communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development should see our children confident, capable and communicative sufficient for them to start exploring the more academic areas of the EYFS: that of numeracy, literacy, understanding the world and arts and expressive design.
Teaching & Learning Outcomes
My Immediate Environment
Our toddlers have established a sense of self and a secure base and foundation with their families, key groups and key workers within their first year with us. Now, we start to introduce them to the immediate environment and society in which they live to introduce them to the people who make our cities work. We look at the seasons and changes, the rural landscape and, of course, the cityscapes.
In January, it's a time for renewal and rebirth. We celebrate the turning of the year with a nursery celebration that helps our children understand the passing of time and the excitement that the new year can bring.
We look into our families - who they are, how big they are, where they are, and share our knowledge of our cultures with our friends. It helps build our awareness of cultural diversity.
As the winter recedes, the landscape changes and we start to see the flowering buds of Spring. We talk to the children about the natural cycle. We celebrate Easter, Passover and other festivals of the spring equinox.
Given that we're in the heart of the city, we investigate the different jobs and occupations our parents, family and friends have to better understand how cities function.
We think it's hugely important for our children to know where food comes from, and to take care of the earth. We will sow seeds, learn to water and grow our own vegetables and we may well visit a farm or two!
Under the Sea
In preparation for our holiday period, we look at the seaside and what can be found there - from starfish to limpets, sand dunes and the sea. We may also take a trip to the London Aquarium.
Talking about our holidays and learning where we are going and what it might hold for us is a hugely important step in helping the children understand distance, difference and diversity.
We explore our immediate environment looking into the wonderful sights and sounds of our city. Since we're in the middle of it, we just walk out and see these spaces on our doorstep.
We've looked at farmers and sown our seeds in the spring to see our vegetables grow to fruition. It's now the time to pick and celebrate what the land provides for us.
We like things that move - trucks and trains, cars and carriages; bikes and boats... we do a deep dive into all of our transport to help us get to where we need to get to.
As the nights draw in and as bonfire night approaches, we'll be spending some time looking at the sparkles in the night sky and thinking about what's out there beyond the stars.
It's the build-up to the Christmas holidays and we try to get into the festive spirit by making decorations and wrapping up warm before things are reborn into the new year.
The Importance of Routine
Our flexible routine allows our teachers to adapt the sessions to fit the needs of the children - we don't stop children from engaging in their activities if they're engaged, but rather use the circle times that introduce each activity block to introduce the theme for the week, and to discuss what we may have learnt in our previous activity block so we can plan how to take the learning further in different avenues....and then we watch the magic happen!