Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

EYFS Curriculum Intent

Oasis Academy Watermead is a happy place where learning is fun and exciting. We want our children to sparkle and shine in all that they do. Their enthusiasm and joy in discovering new things will become infectious across our learning community and beyond. 

In the EYFS at Watermead, we provide an engaging, vibrant environment, where strong relationships can be fostered in a safe space. Our curriculum is planned to reflect our diverse community as they journey through topics such as ‘in the beginning’, ‘when I grow up’ and ‘growing curiosity,’ that strengthen their identity, developing ‘who am I and who am I becoming?’

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Communication and Language drive our curriculum as our children are provided with the tools they need to access their lifelong learning. As well as this, we have carefully considered cultural capital experiences that support children’s understanding of the world around them and how they communicate within it at all developmental ages. This focus is paramount to ensure all children have a firm foundation to build upon given their varied starting points.

The Habits are firmly embedded as we explore weekly sessions, link our challenges to Habits and their qualities and plan quality texts that foster this ethos.

Our curriculum intent’s focus is on a ‘Knowledge to skill’ goal using a holistic approach to combine all areas of learning from the Early Years Framework, to ‘build a mathematician, a reader and a writer’. We provide the opportunity for children to explore their passions and interests both inside and outside through real life experiences to learn and rehearse knowledge to be able to apply this through taught skills. Our teaching takes place through a combination of adult directed and child led opportunities that progress as children near their next milestone.

We drive to achieve consistent levels of GLD (Good Level of Development) as well as personal goals for all our diverse children as they become independent, well-rounded members of our close-knit community.

In the EYFS all children will be supported to achieve their true potential in an environment where there are no outsiders with joy at the heart of our journey to success.

The curriculum is broken down into termly milestones progressing from 3-5 years, including the transition to year 1.

Our Nursery has 26 places per sessions and sessions run from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30. Children can access 30 hour or 15 hour places and we offer a variety of combinations. If you require any further information or would like to visit out setting please call 0114 201 6800.