Early Years Curriculum


Units of Work
A cross curricular thematic approach is used for planning all units of work, although the progression and integrity of each subject is planned for and the relevant skills and concepts for each subject are taught.


We place an emphasis on the social and emotional well being of children in the Foundation stage and the curriculum is planned to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed.  The early years team are also involved in the development of singing in schools and the use of the outdoor environment to enhance education.


Links with playgroup 
The Early Years Team work closely with Wylam Playgroup helping to ease the transition for the children into Nursery.  We arrange ‘singing visits’ to Playgroup as well as joint activity days at Nursery to help familiarise children with both the staff and the setting.


The Foundation Years
Our curriculum planning for the Foundation Years, that is children who have not yet reached their fifth birthday, follows the guidance of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s programme “Early Learning Goals”.  This programme has been specifically developed to help provide quality learning experiences in the Foundation Years.  The main areas of learning are:- 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts & Design


We welcome visits to our Early Years Unit.  If you have not viewed our brochure already, please see our Early Years Brochure under The Curriculum, for more information.   


Before children start school we offer all parents a home visit from their child’s teacher.  This gives children and parents the opportunity to ask questions in the safety of their own home. We have found these sessions of great benefit to children starting school and would recommend them to you.


The start of school is an important time for any child and we are happy to discuss individual needs with parents.  We have a flexible approach to admission and will work with parents to make the transition into school a positive experience for you and your child.  Please contact the early years staff if you would like to discuss your child’s entry to school.

School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.