Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First


Westvale Park follow the Early Years Framework through a play based curriculum that follows exciting children's literature and vibrant topics that cover all areas of learning. 


The daily operation of reception and nursery is modelled on Aurora Academy Trust's nationally acclaimed practice of having Foundation Villages (as in our East Sussex and Brighton primary academies). This approach has child-centered learning at its heart and ensures that young children learn from their peers, as well as from older children in the Foundation Village. This focus on ‘stage not age’ has proven to be successful for nursery and reception children alike. This ensures that children are ‘school-ready’ for their formal stages of education. 


In Reception, there is an emphasis on child-centered learning that builds on the interests of pupils and builds on the experiences children have had at home. Communication with parents is regular and focused upon learning. Parents are encouraged to share with staff any activities their child has been undertaking and enjoying at home. Staff then use this as the basis for further activities and exploration.


Children work towards achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) by meeting their Early Learning Goals (ELGs). 


The prime areas of learning are:

  •  communication and language
  •  physical development
  •  personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  •  literacy
  •  mathematics
  •  understanding the world
  •  expressive arts and design


For more information you can read the Development Matters Guidance here.