Our Curriculum, Planning and Assessments

Our curriculum follows Development Matters 2020 which is the non-statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

At Twinkle Star we have created a curriculum that is important to us using our own Statements of Learning. We champion Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development as we feel these three areas are the very basis of child development.

Supplementary to these three areas, we also embrace Literacy, Maths, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design. The skills needed within these seven areas are taught concurrently throughout our Pre School year in order to provide every child with a broad, concise, challenging and interesting curriculum.

The following are our Statements of Learning:

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  1. How to manage my feelings
  2. Establish relationships and connections
  3. Be a good friend
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Communication and Language

  1. Listening skills
  2. Understanding others
  3. Speaking skills
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Maths

  1. Learn my numbers and their values
  2. Shapes
  3. Quantities and patterns
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Expressive Art and Design

  1. Role Play and Fantasy Play
  2. Dance, sing and express myself
  3. Explore my creativity
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Physical Development

  1. How to use my whole body
  2. How to be part of a team
  3. Make healthy choices
  4. Use tools appropriately
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Literacy

  1. I will engage and enjoy books, songs and poems
  2. Recognise my name
  3. Begin to write
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Knowledge and Understanding of the World

1. My family and my life connections
2. The natural world
3. Technology skills

Our planning, whether our whole school or individual key person planning encompass these statements.

Our children are assessed on entry each year and assessed via on their birthday and half birthday. They are also spotlight checked for progress twice a year to ensure we understand exactly where our children are developmentally.

We engage regularly with our parents and families through the use of Tapestry, an online learning journal, which allows Twinkle Star staff and our families to record our children’s journey at Twinkle Star with photographs, statements, and developmental flags.

When we combine all these elements, we feel this creates the perfect storm of development, to ensure our continued Outstanding contribution to the learning and development of every child.

Ethos

At Twinkle Star, feeling part of one big family, whether you are a child, a member of staff or part of a child’s extended family is paramount.

There are key words which we must remember on a daily basis and implement in everything we do. These are our expectations of each and every person that walks through our doors.

Together

Worth it

Inspire

Nurture

Kind

Loved

Equal

Shine

Team

Amazing

Resilient