Dispositional Curriculum


At Early Years @ Highfield we believe that dispositions are attitudes and tendencies which have long term effects on lifelong learning. These dispositions are acquired in early childhood and are developed through interactive experiences within the learning environment and interactions with significant adults and peers. We also believe that dispositions can be fostered, learnt and taught through the provision of opportunities and experiences which promote children’s exploration, investigation and self expression. Our dispositional curriculum works alongside the Early years foundation stage and characteristics of effective learning. Our chosen dispositions and the role of the adult are as follows:


To foster and promote the learning disposition of CURIOSITY we aim to;

  • provide resources and support children in their interactions with these resources, as they experience a wide range of sensory experiences
  • provide meaningful opportunities and real experiences for children to engage with


To foster and promote the learning disposition of PERSISTENCE we aim to;

  • encourage and support all children’s achievements; promoting self confidence
  • ask meaningful questions and support children’s questioning through sustained shared thinking


To foster and promote the learning disposition of COMMUNICATION we aim to;

  • encourage children to be aware of the expressive potential of their bodies; through movement and music
  • model being a confident reader, writer, artist, dancer, musician and actor


To foster and promote the learning disposition of COLLABORATION we aim to;

  • reinforce through language and gesture, positive attributes of all children within their selected play and friendship groups
  • equip children with the skills needed to play cooperatively


To foster and promote the learning disposition of MOTIVATION/MARVELLING we aim to;

  • create areas of the learning environment and displays with materials and resources with which children can actively engage and interact with
  • make available materials and opportunities for creative and imaginative development


To foster and promote the learning disposition of CREATIVITY we aim to;

  • nurture a safe emotional environment – where adults are consistently and continually available to support children
  • plan time, space and resources that are flexible in their use