Curriculum Statement

The curriculum is drawn from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and Early Years outcomes. The Early Years Foundation Stage principles which guide the work of all practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:-

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage is built on these four guiding themes. They provide a context for the requirements and describe how practitioners should support the development, learning and care of young children. The themes are each broken down into four commitments describing how the principles can be put into practice. The Early Years Foundation Stage Principles into Practice cards explain how practitioners can use these in their day-to-day work.

A Unique Child recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. The commitments are focused around development; inclusion; safety; and health and well-being.

Positive Relationships describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect; partnership with parents; supporting learning; and the role of the key person.

Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. The commitments are focused around observation, assessment and planning; support for every child; the learning environment; and the wider context – transitions, continuity, and multi-agency working.

Learning and Development recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

The areas of learning are:-


  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development



  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Creative Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World


This approach ensures that the Early Years Foundation Stage meets the overarching aim of improving outcomes and reflects that it is every child’s right to grow up safe; healthy; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; and with economic well-being.  For more information please see Differentiated Early Years Outcomes

At Battledown, we are committed to meeting the needs of each individual child. This includes ensuring that each child experiences the full curriculum, is assessed individually and that provision is made for his particular development and educational needs.

To this end the curriculum is designed to provide each child with the means of achieving her full potential by:

  • developing concepts, attitudes, skills and knowledge
  • providing individual education priorities and plans
  • raising awareness of himself, other people and the community in which he lives
  • instilling her respect for her own rights and the rights of others and encouraging her contribution to the society of which she is part
  • helping him move from the point of dependency to interdependency and independence.

Each child’s achievement in the curriculum is recorded using the Development Matters Statement.

The Curriculum Themes for 2019-2020 are:
Term 1: Me and My Family – click here to see some of our plans
Term 2: Weather and Christmas – click here to see some of our plan
Term 3: Colour & Shape – click here to see some of our plans
Term 4: Animals – click here to see some of our plans
Term 5: Rhymes and Stories – click here to see some of our plan
Term 6: Jourmeys & Transport – click here to see some of our plan

Phonics and Reading Schemes used in KS1
We use Dancing Bears, Oxford Reading Tree and various supplements.  More Information can be found on the links below:
Dancing Bears
Oxford Reading Tree



Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

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