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More than a school


At Smith's Wood Primary Academy we follow the statutory EYFS curriculum (updated September 2021). This can be found by clicking on the following link: 


We also use the non-statutory Development Matters guidance to inform our curriculum planning.  This can be found by clicking on the following link:

Underpinning our EYFS curriculum is the principle that each child is unique and has the opportunity to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. 


We develop these fundamental principles, within our day to day learning: 

Playing and Exploring 

Children learn through being inquisitive and willing ‘to have a go’, they will play with what they know as well as exploring and finding out new ways to learn.  They are encouraged to work with others as well as independently.  

Active Learning  

Children develop resilience to keep on trying and to enjoy achieving what they have set out to do.  They will be involved in their learning and develop their concentration to achieve.  

Creating and Thinking Critically  

Children are encouraged to develop their own ideas and to choose ways to do things, as well as making links between their ideas and observations.  This will in turn build their self-esteem and confidence.