Early Years Foundation Stage
At Cherry Tree Hill, we strive to provide a secure foundation for future learning and development in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We aim to ensure that each child has a happy and positive start to their school life in which they can build a foundation for a love of learning.
We ensure that pupils develop the attitudes and knowledge that they need to thrive. Communication and language are at the heart of the curriculum, where pupils, especially those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds can build on new vocabulary learnt and embed them in carefully planned provocations. We promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s readiness for the next stage of their education, and give children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Within the EYFS much of the learning that takes place is play based and we provide a free flow indoor and outdoor environment for the children.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage unit is made up of four main themes; The Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. You will find below an overview of each of these areas by clicking the EYFS button at the bottom of this page.
Tapestry is used in order to document children’s learning as they move through the EYFS using photographs, videos and observations to log key events. Fore more information on Tapestry please follow the below link:
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children for lifelong learning. We aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all, stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential with ample practice to develop a growth mind set.
At Cherry Tree Hill, we focus on exposing children to the wider curriculum through a knowledge-engaged approach promoting; curiosity, deep focus, innovation and self-expression. Our curriculum aims to provide children with the tools and understanding to retrieve and store key disciplinary knowledge and information needed for future learning.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced, following a thematic curriculum approach with reading and quality texts at its heart, it is progressive and supports the knowledge that the children need to succeed in life. It celebrates diversity and inclusivity through studies of significant figures, places and key events throughout history, alongside a broad representation through our quality texts. We hook, engage and provide children with wider skills and experiences throughout their school journey. We partner with many local businesses and pillars of the community to broaden children’s understanding of employment and their future prospects and provide children with real life examples, experiences and essential knowledge that they need to be educated and aspirational citizens. We aim to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework in Nursery and Reception and the the National Curriculum programme of study in Years 1-6. For Religious Education, the school follows the ’Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-2025'. For more information on this follow the links below:
For more information on our curriculum plans in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 please visit this page: