Intent at Travis
At Travis, our aim is to provide a secure environment with consistent routine where our children can feel safe and explore rich and diverse learning and developmental opportunities. In partnership with our families, we aim to build on previous experiences and learning in order to respond to children's individual needs. We provide secure foundations for life-long learning, enabling the children to become independent, confident and active learners for life. We aim to provide high quality teaching and learning experiences indoors and outdoors to help our children progress. Our vision is to find the perfect balance between open-ended, child-led learning and planned opportunities, which inspire, engage and motivate children through the use of high-quality diverse texts, stimulating vocab, resources and quality engagements with others.
At Travis, our curriculum is designed to be creative, inspiring, challenging, memorable and to provide all children with rich learning opportunities and language where doors are opened to dream for the future. Encompassed within our school vision, is the need for pupils to be exposed to a range of experiences and enrichment that broadens their understanding and equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, confident, life-long learners who reach their full potential.
At Travis, we aim to provide a curriculum which:
- Is rich, inspiring and broad to allow all of children to widen their horizons in each subject.
- Provides a depth of learning that enables children to master the key depth of knowledge and skills essential for each subject.
- Produces high expectations and challenge in order to build students’ self-belief and positive learning behaviours, which raise aspirations to ensure that children reach their full potential.
- Provides children with a wide range of rich, first hand learning experiences to take the curriculum beyond the classroom and develop their love of learning, independence and creative thinking.
- Offers children a wide range of opportunities to personalise their curriculum in order to develop existing talents and interests, discover new ones and promote the highest levels of inclusion for all.
- Fosters the development of children’s character, personal development, health and mental wellbeing preparing them to make a valuable contribution to society and exhibit spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
- Promotes speech, language and communication opportunities to strengthen children’s ability to learn and articulate their learning at a deeper level whilst empowering children to have a rich vocabulary.
- Prepares children for life in modern Britain and promotes an awareness of how they can contribute to and understand their local community.
The EYFS reformed curriculum 2021 sets the expectation of what children should be taught as part of their academic learning. However, we want more for our children. They deserve to experience and learn about all that life has to offer. We have high expectations for our pupils' learning journey and, as a staff, we agreed on main drivers that underpin our curriculum to ensure it is enriched, personalised and aspirational.
Community– We want our children to develop a sense of pride in themselves and respect for others. We believe they need to have a highly developed emotional literacy and excellent manners in order to experience positive relationships. We believe in the power of the school and local community to change and enhance lives
Communication and Vocabulary – We want our children to become eloquent speakers, speaking with confidence, fluency and clarity in a variety of situations. We believe that helping our children find their voice is as important as them becoming avid readers or great writers and will work to broaden vocabulary and encourage talk in all areas of learning.
Adventure– We are passionate about the health of our children. We want our children to lift their eyes from the screen to be excited by the real world, engaging in rich experiences to develop imagination. We will use competition to develop confidence and allow them to manage real risks by having fun.
Aspiration– We want our pupils and staff to have high expectations of learning. Children are encouraged to aim high and to be open to possibilities both at school and beyond.
Possibilities– Children cannot aspire to things they have never encountered. We will work to broaden our children’s horizons, expanding their knowledge of the world by nurturing their interests as well as encouraging fearlessness of what is new or unknown.
EYFS Frame Work 2021 - Please see below the progression of skills for Travis Early Years children...
There are 7 areas of learning and development identified in the EYFS 2021 framework:
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
PSED helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. We aim to support children to be confident and as independent as possible. Activities support children to develop their social skills, a respect for others and the curiosity to want to explore and learn. Children are supported to make healthy choices about the food they eat both at snack time and at lunchtime.
Communication and language (CL)
CL supports children to develop their understanding and expressive language. A language rich environment is provided and differentiated to meet each child's individual needs. Developing communication skills linked to speaking and listening is a key part of the work we do within the department.
Physical development (PD)
PD helps children to learn by being active. This helps children to gain confidence, develop their coordination and movement both with large scale and small scale movements.
We provide many activities to support the development of reading and writing skills. We have a wide range of books and other reading materials within the department which children can access independently and with others. The development of writing skills is supported not only via traditional writing activities but creatively through, for example the use of computers and messy activities.
Children are provided with a wide range of activities to help them to develop an understanding of number, using number and shape, space and measures.
Understanding of the World ( UoW)
UoW provides children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. To help children to do this we enable them to use a range of tools and technology safely. We provide opportunities for them to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. Children are supported to participate in practical 'experiments' and to explore a wide range of materials.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
EAD enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. Children are also provided with opportunities and support to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance imaginative and role play activities, design and technology.
See below for a handy one page document explaining the EYFS curriculum 2021.
Please see below a document that will help you understand your child and how they develop through the years in each area...