The Early Years Experience
Welcome to our fun filled and fantastic Early Years department at Silkmore Primary Academy. We provide exceptional learning opportunities for children from the age of 2 until the child begins their formal schooling in Year 1.
At Silkmore our passionate and inspiring team provide an exceptionally high quality, engaging and highly stimulating learning environment; specifically designed for your children and their fascinations.
During a typical day in Early Years, your child will, paint, dig, plant, create, explore and learn actively through our wide and rich curriculum. The whole school ethos to ‘AIM HIGH’ permeates through the Early Years as we encourage all children to become independent, lifelong learners. You will see the characteristics of effective learning; thinking critically, making connections and solving problems, interwoven into the provision.
Our Early Years results evidence that our children make rapid and sustained progress through our concentric curriculum. Our curriculum enables every child to achieve exceptional, holistic outcomes through its ‘mini adventure’ approach. Fully emerging every child in their learning and widening and deepening their development through fascination, awe and wonder is at the heart of this curriculum.
“From the first week that my child started Silkmore, he has blossomed. The staff have guided, encouraged and nurtured him both academically and socially. My son is a testament to the staff and I couldn’t have wished for better people to help develop him into the child he is now.”
Our provision is across three different rooms: Spaceships Nursery for children aged 2-3 year olds / Pre-school for children aged 3-4 years old and Reception for children aged 4-5 years old.
Our 2 year old Nursery provision offers incredibly high quality childcare at competitive rates of just £11.50 per session *Other fees may apply.
This room is overseen by an excellent leader in childcare and education who boasts over 5 years’ experience as Toddler room supervisor and holds a BA in Early Years Child Care. All staff within our setting are fully qualified and hold Paediatric first aid and safeguarding qualifications.
Our Nursery is a hive of activity where children are given the very best opportunities via our enriched curriculum. Outings to the local area, forest school adventures and gardening within our extensive allotments is part of the daily diet for these children. Children starting with us at 2 years of age are nurtured in a caring and exciting environment. Children progress rapidly towards their next steps through 1:1 and large group activities specifically designed to challenge and stretch their thinking whilst underpinning their personal, social and emotional development.
Our highly experienced and professional Nursery team is led by Mrs Lewis – the room leader in Pre School. In Preschool, a wide variety of activities are delivered in line with the EYFS to guide each child’s progress rapidly towards GLD and beyond. We provide a highly stimulating and effective environment which leaves the children motivated, curious and wanting to engage in the activities provided.
Whilst in the Preschool room, children will have a vast array of fantastic experiences such as visits to Cannock Chase, taking part in Chinese Dragon Dancing and visiting the Farm on Wheels. These experiences continue throughout the preschool year as we bring in a host of exciting opportunities such as growing, learning about life cycles and hatching our own chicks to watch them grow.
“We chose Silkmore for our child as we had heard great things from our friends and family. After he’d been there only a short time we could see how he’s ‘Come on’ The staff have always been there for us as a family offering advice and support”.
In Reception children are exposed to a more formal, yet play based concentric curriculum led by Miss Fox, our EYFS Lead. The ‘mini adventures’ act as a vehicle to submerge our children into magical lands of learning, where children can feel supported by adults and their environment but are encouraged to achieve independence in learning.
Children begin each ‘mini adventure’ with a transformed classroom which could be one of a thousand, child led ideas. These ideas range from a deep sea den lit by torchlight to a fantastical castle designed to inspire story writing and to spark the imagination of every child.
Children want to learn and their imagination is further ignited through a rich and varied curriculum offering many enrichment experiences such as visits to the beach, Chester Zoo, the Aquarium and Safari park.
“Silkmore is more than I ever expected! My child has grown into such a cleaver little girl and its all thanks to the fantastic teachers. We can’t thank the staff enough for the support and hard work put into my daughter’s education.”
Across the Reception year we work with uncompromisingly high expectations to ensure essential skills, such as Maths, phonics and reading, are successfully embedded. We use rigorous assessment methods to ensure every child has an exceptionally high level of school readiness to aid smooth and fully supported transitions into year 1. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to guide our assessment by contributing towards observations using our Tapestry app and through home learning activities.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Throughout Early Years, our learning is supported by a highly engaging and well organised outdoor environment. These environments are surrounded by extensive playing fields, allotments and Forest school. To maximise our use of these areas we have trained forest school practitioners who regularly take groups into the woodland area all year round. We aim to nurture a deep understanding and respect for natural places along with developing the children’s confidence and self- esteem through hands on learning.
We hope that this gives you an insight into our bright, engaging and welcoming Early Years provision and would welcome showing you around at a time that suits you.
For any further information, please do feel free to contact the school office (see Contact Us page).