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Arboretum Primary School

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Intent, Implementation and Impact


Our Early Years department at Arboretum believes in providing an environment where all children feel safe and secure and develop a lifelong love for learning. Our intent is to support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to build strong foundations which will prepare them for their next stage of learning. We aim to enable every child to make good progress from their individual starting points so that they achieve a good level of development. We build strong, mutually respectful relationships with our families and work collaboratively to support their children to become independent learners. All children learn at different rates and in order to become lifelong learners we must foster their love for learning through the successful development of the characteristics of effective learning.



Children build positive relationships with others through play and quality interactions with adults.  All adults are extremely ambitious for all children to achieve and make progress; they value children’s decisions and choices, get to know each, unique, individual learning style and ultimately recognise that all children develop in different ways.

 “Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time” (Statutory Framework for the EYFS March 2021)

Our welcoming, engaging learning environments enable children to follow their own interests and fascinations by exploring and developing their learning. All children are given a range of experiences that allow them to build on their knowledge both indoors and outside of the classroom.  We learn through child initiated play with adult led activities taking place where appropriate. Children develop a love of phonics through the Read, Write, Inc. programme which ensures a robust, consistent approach to reading and writing. All children are grouped based on ability and move through the programme appropriately. We follow the White Rose scheme for maths which ensures children not only achieve mastery level learning but also foster a love of maths.

We love to see children discover for themselves by playing, exploring, actively learning, having a go at activities and thinking critically. There are opportunities for children to revisit their learning which supports children to practise and consolidate their understanding. It also helps them to transfer experiences and skills into their long-term memory.

There are many opportunities for learning in our language rich environments and through the positive relationships with both adults and peers, children progress with everyone on their learning journeys. They are continuously challenged and encouraged to take risks in their play both inside the classroom and out.  They are taught a wide repertoire of rhymes and songs and their love of reading is extended through the sharing of interesting and inspirational texts. Each learning environment has a welcoming reading area with a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts to ensure that there is something for everyone.



All children are assessed by the whole team of staff. This ensures any adult led activities can be planned in response to their changing needs. Children develop a love of learning and become highly motivated. They build resilience and learn to persevere even when faced with challenges. They work hard at developing concentration, imagination and deep level learning that builds the foundations needed to succeed on their journey into Key Stage One.  

Throughout their time in Early Years, children’s feelings and emotions are accepted and nurtured. Children develop self-awareness and learn self-regulation skills to support their mental health and wellbeing. They leave us as happy, independent individuals who are confident in their abilities and ready to embrace new learning in Key Stage One.

Here is the link to 'Development Matters' for parental information.