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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
At the beginning of the year we observe each child so we are able to understand and consider their current interests, development and learning. From these early observations and interests, we plan their learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage principles which guide the work of all practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:-
• A Unique Child recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. The commitments are focused around development; inclusion; safety; and health and well-being.
• Positive Relationships describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect; partnership with parents; supporting learning; and the role of the key person.
• Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. The commitments are focused around observation, assessment and planning; support for every child; the learning environment; and the wider context – transitions, continuity, and multi-agency working.
• Learning and Development recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all seven areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Within these seven areas we plan our activities carefully to meet all children’s needs. To support and guide our planning, the Early Years Outcomes document is used as a framework to help practitioners understand and support each individual child’s development pathway.
Below is a little information about the seven areas of learning.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children learn to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form friendships and develop respect for others; they develop social skills and how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language Development
Throughout all areas and activities there are opportunities to experience a rich language environment and to develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves through speaking and listening in a range of situations.
We will provide opportunities for our young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. We help and encourage our children to understand the importance of physical activity, and also to make healthy choices in relation to food.
We use Read Write Inc to help our children learn the sounds that letters make and how these can be blended together to form words. Children begin to develop early writing skills by engaging in a variety of mark making activities. These aim to develop our fine motor skills enabling us to form letters correctly. All Reception children take part in daily Read, Write Inc sessions that help children recognise letters and link them to the corresponding sound. We encourage the enjoyment of reading and will be looking at a range of popular fiction books, as well as some non-fiction books. Every child has access to a wide range of books and will bring home a reading book to share with their parents and carers.
Children will have opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems. They will work with shapes, clocks and measuring materials.
Understanding of the world
Opportunities are planned to help children make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design
Our children will have opportunities to explore, experiment and play with a wide range of media and materials. They will also have a weekly music lesson incorporating movement, dance, and have opportunities for role-play and design and technology.
If you would like any further information, please pop in to speak to one of our practitioners.