Early Years Curriculum (Reception)
Our Aims: The provision of a broad balanced and relevant education, fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Foundation Stage Children will progress through the school and experience a wide variety of relevant learning opportunities.
The Early Years Curriculum outlines goals for children’s learning. These are referred to as ‘Early Learning’ goals. They emphasise early literacy, numeracy and the development of personal social skills. However it is widely recognised that young children do not learn in a neat compartmentalised way, but through integrated, overlapping and meaningful experiences. Children learn most effectively when they feel secure and valued and the curriculum aims to identify abilities in all children and to promote these to the full. The children are encouraged to explore their surroundings, to experiment and to make mistakes in a non-threatening environment. Learning through first hand experiences and experimentation makes the learning more meaningful to the children. As play and conversation are the main ways that young children learn about themselves and the world, we engage the children in activities that actively involve and interest them.
The six areas of learning provide a foundation for later achievement and as a smooth transition into the National Curriculum in Year 1.
COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Focus Areas: Speaking, Listening and Understanding
Language plays a central role in children’s learning and development. We believe skill and confidence in use of language develop where there are stimulating reasons for talk, where conversations are valued and allowed to develop and where the environment is organised to promote speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Focus Areas: Number, Shape, Space and Measures
We believe that all mathematics should be meaningful. Activities are planned so that children explore and apply their understanding practically. We aim to provide enjoyable, secure situations to practice mathematical language and its use.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Focus Areas: Self-Confidence, Feelings and Behaviour, Relationships
Successful personal, social and emotional development is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all other areas of learning. We aim to give our children a positive sense of self and independence.
UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD
Focus Areas: People and Communities, The World, Technology
Here we give the children experiences of other cultures, of past events, of the work people do of the use of money, of the environment, of animals and other living things. It is our aim the children explore these ideas with curiosity and wonder.
Focus Areas: Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care
Our children are taught physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments. In this way they will begin to understand about keeping healthy, how the body works and the importance of diet, rest and sleep.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS & DESIGN
Focus Area: Media & Materials, Being Imaginative
This focuses on the development of children’s imagination and their ability to communicate and to express ideas and feelings in creative ways. Every pride is taken in our children’s work and this provides the basis for our classroom displays.
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