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Early Years Curriculum Intent


At Valentine Primary School we follow our school’s motto of ‘Pathway to our dreams’. As a school we believe in setting high expectations for all children and teaching through an exciting project based curriculum. In our Early Years Foundation Stage, our personalised curriculum  is tailored to the needs of our children, providing them with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be confident, inquisitive, curious, independent learners and influence their wider thinking across all areas of the curriculum. We believe that providing children with this education gives them the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.


At Valentine, we make a positive difference to every child’s life. We recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching and learning opportunities that support them in reaching their full potential and fulfilling their dreams.


Children at Valentine experience the seven areas of learning through a balance of whole class inputs, group and individual teaching through a play based structure. We believe that ‘learning through play’ is vital to their development. The curriculum is tailored to the children’s interests, this provides a curriculum and environment where children are able to apply the taught skills in a range of ways through continuous provision, enhanced provision and phonics. Learning is carefully planned by the staff to support all areas of the curriculum and links made between areas, especially with communication and language, personal, social and emotional development and physical development, as these are the main areas of learning to ensure secure development.


Our 3 core values of Aspiration, Confident and Empathy drive our creative curriculum and underpin all that we do throughout school.


Aspiration – We strive to develop an understanding of the importance of setting high expectations of ourselves and achieving personal goals in order to be happy and successful. We expect all team members to always try their best to achieve a given goal, no matter how big or small this may be. 


Confidence – We expect all team members to believe in their own abilities to meet challenges and succeed; our safe, supportive environment allows learners to take risks without judgement or fear of failure. 


Empathy – We expect all team members to understand and acknowledge the feelings of themselves and others,