In Pre-school and Reception we follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage (or EYFS) curriculum, this focuses on the distinct needs and interests of young children until the end of the Reception year. It is delivered through planned play activities and ensures that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience the best possible start to their education.
Each child will have a Learning Journey that follows them throughout the EYFS. This details what they are interested in, how they are learning and how we can develop this further. We use the information you give us as part of our overall knowledge of your child and to plan the finer details of our curriculum to meet their needs and follow their interests.
The Seven Areas of Learning
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the curriculum:
- Three prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical and Personal Development, Social and Emotional Development;
- Four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Communication and Language
We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Children express themselves and communicate through daily routines, imaginative play, drama, dance and movement, and also through other creative activities such as art and music.
Physical and Personal Development
We work to develop skills of control, co-ordination, manipulation and movement. It helps children gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.
Social and Emotional Development
We provide experiences and support children to develop social skills, a positive sense of themselves, and how to manage their feelings. Through role play and stories we initiate discussion and opportunities for the children to understand their emotions and feelings.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. They have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest together with having the confidence, opportunity, encouragement, support and disposition to use them. We aim to foster a love of language and reading by sharing books and reading to the children as often as we can throughout the session or day. We have daily phonics sessions where we use a multi-sensory approach following the Letters and Sounds programme.
We provide opportunities to develop and improve skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. This understanding is developed through stories, songs, problem solving, games and imaginative play, so that children can enjoy using and experimenting with numbers.
Understanding of the World
This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. We use the tablets to build on skills started in class including exploring environments, mouse control skills and creating pictures on screen. We also use other forms of technology including Beebots, programmable toys and voice recording equipment.
Expressive Arts and Design
We enable 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.