Early Years Curriculum Overview
The EYFS is made up from even areas of learning. The first three are considered the prime areas, deemed the most important to underpin a child’s future education. The four that follow are known as the specific areas. In order for a child to meet age related expectations they must meet an expected level in the prime areas, and in Literacy and Mathematics.
Communication and Language:
We encourage and develop a good level of speaking and listening through creating an environment where children and adults talk to each other about the learning taking place. An emphasis is placed on developing new vocabulary, as well as modelling correct grammar at all times.
Many skills a child will be expected to take part in throughout school, and indeed their life, start with having physical opportunities to build appropriate muscle strength. In the Early Years the children work on gross and fine motor muscles, in order to become comfortable writers and to enable them to sit correctly, with good posture. All children become independent in managing and recognising their own needs, such as knowing when it is right to wash their hands and when they feel warm or cold.
Personal, Social and Emotional:
Before the children can make good progress they need to develop a good sense of self. Each child needs to understand that they are an individual, whilst recognising that they are part of a bigger group and that their actions and emotions can impact on themselves and on others. Our children are encouraged to be happy, motivated learners, ready to take on challenges and prepared to work alongside and with other people.
Early reading and writing develops from having opportunities to develop a love for these lifelong skills. From the very beginning of nursery the children share stories, learn to tell stories and are encouraged to mark make with a large variety of tools. Children’s efforts are praised in order to ensure our children have self-belief in their abilities to be early readers and early writers.
Mathematics is often taught through real life experiences, such as counting how many children are in their class that day, how many cups will they need etc. Number songs and modelled number writing is linked to these daily experiences. Children learn to notice shapes in their environment, as well as use language to talk about patterns, size and routine.
Understanding the World:
Making the most of the immediate environment develops a sense of curiosity and wonder. The children are encouraged to share stories about places they have been and things they have seen. The internet is used to enhance this curiosity and gain further understanding. Our children are given indoor and outdoor learning opportunities daily, to bring questions to life.
Expressive Arts and Design:
Imagination and motivation is key to unlocking potential in all of our children. Children are able to explore many resources and materials in order to test ideas and discover possibilities. Our children’s ideas are praised and challenged, as we encourage children to build on what they know and dare to make changes and improvements. Activities are designed to allow for creativity and personal preferences, whilst pushing the limits of comfort zones, in a safe and familiar environment.
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