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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Early Years

Lambs and Caterpillars Classes work together as a team called Foundations for Learning. In Foundations for Learning the children follow the principals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, where the main focus is on the Prime Areas of Learning; Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotion Development. We follow the children’s lead and teach Maths, Literacy, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design through the children’s play and interests in the moment. With this creative approach to learning we aim to give children an interest in all areas of the curriculum in order for them to become lifelong learners. The curriculum is child centred and follows the ever changing interests of the children, this term we will also look at the topics ‘all about me’ and ‘people who help us’.


We do a lot of play based learning where the adults observe to see what the children's next steps of learning are and intervene to scaffold and support all children to achieve their full potential. We have a free flow provision and enjoy learning indoors and outdoors, we also love Forest school and soft play! We are active learners.


The children entering Lambs and Caterpillars often have limited spoken language. We work closely with the Speech and Language therapist to provide alternative means of communication, such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Makaton, we provide a language rich environment.