At Molehill Primary Academy we believe that all children deserve an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences that allows children’s natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. We believe that an education that does all of this gives children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.

At Molehill Primary Academy we recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching and learning opportunities that support them in reaching their full potential. We know that our children enter the Nursery and Reception classes with varied life experiences and we aim to plan teaching and learning opportunities accordingly to address this.

The Development Matters document along with the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals set out end of reception year expectations for children by the end of the Foundation Stage. Molehill Primary Academy recognises the crucial role that Early Years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based.

It is our intention to provide, within the context of our Mission Statement, a broadly enriched, rounded and stimulating learning environment where children can work with adults and peers in a climate of mutual respect to develop;

  • Confidence in their ability to learn.
  • The social skills necessary to learn.
  • The emotional capabilities to enable them to understand their feelings and to solve problems.
  • A unique child.

 We aim to provide children with a well-structured, safe, active learning environment both indoors and outdoors. This will enable them to develop the skills, attitudes and understanding that will form the basis of lifelong learning and encourage them to become useful, active members of a diverse and constantly changing society.

At Molehill Primary Academy we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence that helps them to achieve their fullest potential.

We meet the legal requirements for:

  • Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.
  • Providing suitable adults with appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge.
  • Maintaining records, policies and procedures for the safe and efficient management of the setting and to meet the needs of the children.
  • Planning and organisation to ensure that every child receives an enjoyable and challenging learning and developmental experience tailored to meet their individual needs.

Our policy on teaching and learning defines the features of effective teaching and learning throughout the whole school. At Molehill Primary Academy, we follow the National Curriculum with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme as a framework and vehicle for learning. The PYP is a way of framing learning in order to help children develop holistically as well as academically.

Learning is organised into six ‘Transdisciplinary Themes’ which, alongside the learner profile, provide children opportunities to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills outlined in the National Curriculum with an overall view of creating conscientious global citizens.

 Each term, children will cover a new Theme of work, this theme is introduced to the children as the ‘Big Question’ and children are given the opportunity to influence and plan the direction of their own learning by identifying what they already know, understand and would like to know about each new topic of work. Each theme is then flexibly delivered through a staged approach incorporating an initial engagement to ‘hook’ the children’s imagination in their new theme of learning. This learning then develops through a series of lessons that builds skills, knowledge and understanding within that topic of learning and builds up to a community project. At

the end of each theme of work children are given the opportunity to evaluate their learning and celebrate their achievements within each topic of learning and this celebration is often shared with parents and carers and other family members.

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage reflects the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning identified in the Early Learning Goals, all of which are equally valued at Molehill Primary Academy. These experiences our children meet through a healthy diet of both adult initiated and adult directed activities, child initiated  and a problem solving approach to learning, enabling them to develop a number of competences across all areas of learning. The Early Learning Goals are in line with the National Curriculum and provide the basis for planning throughout the Foundation Stage. 

Molehill Primary Academy provides a safe, stimulating outdoor learning environment in order to enhance teaching and learning  in engaging, problem solving, investigative and explorative ways. Children have daily opportunities to access the outdoor environment which also enables them to increase their levels of physical activity. Children’s learning is enabled within the outdoor learning environment which is seen as an extension of the classroom within which children are encouraged to use and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills through outdoor learning opportunities that also engages all pupils in a positive way with their local, natural environment.

Throughout the Nursery and Reception years as part of the learning and teaching process, children will be assessed in relation to their progress towards Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals. These judgements are made on the basis of accumulative observations and in depth knowledge of the children acquired through ongoing assessment. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year. End of year assessments are finalised during the summer term, summarising each child’s development at that point against the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters.

With the successful implementation of both an enriched, rounded and balanced curriculum and a well-structured, safe, active and challenging learning environment, both indoors and outdoors children will be able to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that enables them to be successful learners. Children will be actively engaged in learning and their enjoyment of this learning will be apparent to all.  All children will have experienced a curriculum that provides exciting and enriching learning experiences and opportunities for children to learn through educational visits and hands-on experiences. Children will more fully appreciate and understand the world around them, experiencing and learning about different cultures, music, dance, art and history. Children will actively ask questions about the world around them and their learning experiences and they will never fear making a mistake but instead see this as an opportunity to learn.  Children will be able to make links with their learning and develop their skills as they are able to use and apply skills learnt within their learning across the curriculum. Children will also be skillful at solving problems and they will have effectively developed their personal levels of resilience and independent learning skills. Children will be successful learners and fully prepared for the next stage of their education as they transition from Foundation Stage to Year One. We will also aim to help children to make sense of the world around them, to develop tolerance, compassion and an understanding of their rights and the rights of others in an ever evolving world. Children at the end of the Foundation stage will have developed essential knowledge and skills required for everyday life and lifelong learning. Children at Molehill Primary Academy will be well rounded, happy, inquisitive and successful learners.