Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Early Explorers Curriculum

In line with the Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum is the heart of our academy’s educational provision. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all, striving for personal as well as academic excellence.

Through our curriculum we will achieve outcomes that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives.

The Oasis ethos and 9 Habits are a foundation stone to the design and delivery of our curriculum. We know that the development of character doesn’t happen by chance but by purpose and intention: it is therefore an explicit part of our curriculum. We therefore work hard at preparing our students to be the best version of themselves not just for today but for their futures too.

At Early Explorers we plan activities using the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance which cover children aged 0-5 years and continues through into the school reception year.

Through our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy we make focused learning, children’s interests, growth in both self-esteem and social skills the importance of our curriculum.

We will provide a curriculum based on planned, purposeful play and the development of physical dexterity, language skills and social awareness. The curriculum will provide opportunities for these children to learn the skills to read and write, develop skills in maths, find out about the world around them and develop an understanding of art and design.

We encourage all areas of learning and we plan activities for both indoor and outdoor environment. Activities include (but are not limited too) painting, mark making, music and movement, science, role play, cookery, arts and crafts, sand and water play, construction, games, maths, computer and sensory play.

Our large outside play space is used daily as much as possible with large physical equipment, sand and water, dens, construction, books and mark making to help develop reading and writing skills as well as growing flowers and vegetables helping to make our curriculum deliberately ambitious and at the heart of our preschools education provision.

The Early Years foundation stage guidance divides children learning and development into seven areas;

Personal Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language Physical Development
Literacy Mathematics
Understanding the World Expressive Arts & Designs


 The characteristics of effective leaning and the prime and the specific areas of learning and     development area all interconnected. The ways in which a child engages with other people and   their environment – playing & exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically, underpin   learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and   motivated learner. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning – motivation – children concentrate and keep trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas develop strategies for doing things.

We like to go outside of the setting with the children which helps to enhance and further children’s learning, helping to provide all children with fundamental learning and cultural capital experiences their need for their future in partnership with parents and carers.

Our curriculum strongly develops our children academically as well as socially, emotionally, culturally and physically, we want out children to feel challenged, develop reliance and feel safe.

To support the children in their learning behaviours and provide an engaging way of supporting the children with their learning we have three characters that link with the headings above. We use the dinosaurs to model and reward the children when their successful learning outcomes.