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"Children in the early years thrive in this exceptionally well-led setting" - Ofsted

Your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ begins in Early Years. Early Years is the bedrock of all learning and is a critical stage of your child’s development.


Curriculum Intent

  • Pupils will develop language acquisition and expand their vocabulary in order to become confident and effective communicators.

  • Pupils will extend their understanding in personal, social and emotional development in order to become resilient and self assured learners.

  • Pupils will be taught how to manage their feelings and behaviour in a range of situations.

  • Pupils will develop their knowledge in early literacy and mathematics.

  • Pupils will acquire a range of physical key skills including: rolling, bowling, throwing, catching, fine and gross motor control.

  • Pupils will acquire a range of artistic key skills including: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, textiles, printing.

  • Pupils will explore the world around them and deepen their understanding of living things and the environment.

  • Pupils will experience a curriculum immersed in story and literature.

  • Pupils will begin to transfer their learning (taught skills) into the wider environment especially the outdoors and become competent problem solvers.


The Early Years curriculum is delivered through:

  • Well planned and purposeful play based activities

  • Teacher directed lessons and learning activities

  • Child led activities

  • Opportunities for exploration, choice and decision making by the children

  • Well resourced indoor and outdoor environments

The Early Years Teaching Team seek to ensure that children are equipped with a range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good progress through school and life.

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Phonics at Northwood - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

Alien Words

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

How we teach blending

Tricky Words

Our Curriculum

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