Curriculum

Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a setting which enshrines the principles of the Early Years Statutory Framework (EYFS).

Under the EYFS there are three areas regarded as particularly important in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Communication and Language

In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening through role-play and discussion, as well as being encouraged to ask questions and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. Our well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, be able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.

Physical Development

Our fantastic range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allow children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own skills, using their imagination and creating an awareness of space. Adult supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges safely, increasing skill and control in moving, throwing, catching, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of their fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision. They are also encouraged to develop awareness of their own bodies and what keeps them healthy.

 

 

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development

Within our nurturing and stimulating environment children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to learn and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults

Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn ways to express their own feelings and have respect for the feelings of others. The children are introduced to cultural and religious diversity and are encouraged to be sensitive to other lifestyles. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.

Under the EYFS there are a further four areas where we must support children, which in turn strengthens the three areas outlined above. These four areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Mathematics

By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis of early mathematics. As they use their developing understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the new vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number, and to record the numbers in an appropriate way. Songs, games, and picture books help children become aware of the number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as addition.

Knowledge And Understanding Of The World

A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community. A range of safe and well-maintained equipment along with our extensive outdoor space enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.

Creative Development

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to experience in two and three dimensions. Art equipment including paint, glue, crayons, and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources provide for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and as part of a group.

Additional music is taught regularly, linking in with the letters and sounds programme, teaching the beginning steps to phonics.

 

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