Our Early Years provision was graded as outstanding by Ofsted in February 2020.
Learning in the Early Years (nursery and reception) is the foundation for all future learning. It is in these years that children learn to socialise, to share, and how to be a friend. They get used to being in a situation where the needs of many may sometimes be more important than what they want - a real change for some!
The importance of play cannot be overstated, but there is also direct teaching where necessary.
At Cranbourne we believe that all children are entitled to a core knowledge. We do not believe that this can necessarily be covered through relying on the children’s interests to shape the curriculum. The themes below have been specifically selected to ensure that the children leave early years with the tier 1 (common words) vocabulary they need, plus tier 2 (more complex words) and tier 3 (subject specific) vocabulary which will enable disadvantaged children to access wider learning as well as children who may have wider opportunities outside school.
Jobs/people who help us
Weather/seasons: sun, rain, cloud, snow, wind, hail, fog, summer, autumn, winter, spring
Colours: black, white, red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, light, dark, mix
Shape: circle, triangle, square, oblong, side
Jobs/people who help us: nurse, doctor, vet, police officer, fire fighter, teacher, lollipop person
Family: mum, dad, grandparents, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin
Basic geography: map, Hoddesdon, England, island, land, sea
Animals: farm, woodland, wild, sea life, young, names of key animals
Habitats: woodland, desert, ocean/sea, rainforest, polar regions
Vehicles/journeys/transport: rail, road, air, train, bus, aeroplane, ship, boat, walking, travel, holiday, close, far away, traffic, roundabout, passenger, driver, pilot, track, carriage
Space: Earth, Moon, stars, Sun, rocket, planets
Ourselves/body parts: hair/eye/skin colour, arm, leg, hand, fingers, thumb, elbow, knee, foot, toes, back, neck, shoulders
Dinosaurs: extinct, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, teeth, skin/scales, horns, tyrannosaurus rex, diplodocus, pterodactyl (not a dinosaur), triceratops, stegosaurus, fossils
Toys/the past: old, new, the past, the present, plastic, wood, metal