Areas of Learning
The curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage, Set by the government. This has 7 areas of learning. While your child is with us, we will support them in all of these areas – helping them reach their full potential, before leaving us and making the next step to big school.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Personal, social and emotional development supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about 'right' and 'wrong', develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.
Communication and Language
Being able to speak clearly and process speech sounds, to listen to and understand others, to express ideas and interact with others are fundamental for a child's development. Some elements include listening to stories, responding appropriately to what others say and developing their own narratives and connecting ideas or events.
Physical Development
Physical development is used to develop a child's movement, handling of objects, understanding of their own body and health and levels of self-care. Children do this in range of ways including spacial awareness when moving, co-ordination of small and large movements, how to effectively use tools and equipment, saying when they do or don't need help, how they show their feelings, learn that some behaviour is unacceptable and its consequences, how to play co-operatively and form positive relationships with adults and children.
Literacy is used to develop a child's ability read and write. Children show this in range of ways including understanding simple sentences, familiarity with phonics, demonstrating understanding of what they have read, the ability to write spoken sounds and words and even simple sentences. Literacy in the early years also includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing, as well as sharing books and reading.
Mathematics is used to develop a child's confidence and ability with number but also to encourage their understanding of shapes, space and measures. It is important children are able to do this in a range of ways including adding and subtracting, problem solving, creating and recognising shape and patterns, using quantities and objects and understanding concepts like weight, position, distance and money.
Understanding of the world
Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment. Finding out about the world around them is what babies and young children do very effectively when they investigate by touching, holding or pressing things and by climbing on and jumping off things. Older children love to explore and investigate how and why things work and to test out their ideas.
Expressive Arts and Design
Expressive Arts and Design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Our Parent Handbook
Our Parent Handbook outlines the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is how all Early Years Educators and Professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage, as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Click here for more.
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