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 topics that cover all areas of learning. 


The daily operation  ofreception and nursery is modelled on the Trust's nationally acclaimed practice of having Foundation Villages (as in our East Sussex and Brighton primary academies). This approach, overseen by our Director of Early Years, Samantha Attwater, who is a local and DfE Champion of EYFS, has child-centred 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. Aurora’s nursery and EYFS provision is at least good and outstanding in all settings, this expertise has been brought to Westvale Park.


In Reception, we have an emphasis on child-centred learning that builds on the interests of all children and enhances the experiences that they have been having at home. Communication with parents is regular and focused upon learning – parents are encouraged to share with staff the things that their child has been doing at home. Staff then take this further and use it as the basis for activity and exploration.


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


The prime areas of learning:

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

The specific areas of learning:

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


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