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EYFS Curriculum

Nursery Curriculum

 

As part of the Foundation Stage the Nursery Curriculum explores Seven areas of learning. These include the Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and
  • Communication and Language

and the Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Each of these areas is explored across the indoor and outdoor areas throughout the year and within a range of topics. There is a balance of Child Initiated and Adult Led activities.

 

In planning children’s activities we consider the different ways in which children learn. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

·         Playing and exploring-children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’

·         Active Learning- children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements

·         Creating and Thinking critically- children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

(EYFS Statutory Guidance 2012)

 

Information about each of these areas can also be found by clicking on the document below entitled 'Nursery Parents Meeting- areas of learning' or click on the document 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'.

 

Each term a newsletter will be added to this page informing you about the ways in which each of the seven areas of learning are taught as well as giving you some suggestions about things you can do at home, including targets you can work on with your children.

 

You can also find out more about the Foundation Stage athttp://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/a0068102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

 

In Nursery we develop early reading skills throughout our curriculum and when pupils are ready they begin to access books from our Reading Scheme which is based upon the national book bands. Children are also provided with opportunities to share books at home through our weekly library service.

 

We follow the Read Write inc scheme to teach phonics but this is also supplemented by activities from Jolly Phonics and the Child Monitoring Tool in order to ensure that all pupils receive a range of opportunities to develop and expand upon their phonic awareness and application of phonic knowledge to different situations and activities.

 

 

 

Reception Curriculum

 

As part of the Foundation Stage the Reception Curriculum explores Seven areas of learning. These include the Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour)
  • Physical Development (Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care
  • Communication and Language (Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking)

and the Specific Areas:

  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics (Numbers and Shape, Space and Measures)
  • Understanding the World (People and Communities, The World and Technology)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative)

Each of these areas is explored across the indoor and outdoor areas throughout the year and within a range of topics. There is a balance of Child Initiated and Adult Led activities.

 

In planning children’s activities we consider the different ways in which children learn. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

·         Playing and exploring-children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’

·         Active Learning- children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements

·         Creating and Thinking critically- children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

(EYFS Statutory Guidance 2012)

 

Each term a newsletter will be added to this page informing you about the ways in which each of the seven areas of learning are taught as well as giving you some suggestions about things you can do at home, including targets you can work on with your children.

 

You can also find out more about the Foundation Stage athttp://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/a0068102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

 

Reading and Writing

In Reception we develop early reading skills throughout our curriculum. Pupils  access books from our Reading Scheme which is based upon the national book bands. They read these both in school and at home. Pupils take part in Guided Reading weekly and have access to books in the classroom and outdoor environment. Children are also provided with opportunities to read and share books at home through borrowing a book from school.

 

We follow the Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics which is taught in a multi sensory way taking into consideration all  learning styles in order to ensure that all pupils receive a range of opportunities to develop and expand upon their phonic awareness and application of phonic knowledge to different situations and activities.

 

Pupils are encouraged to make marks using a range of writing materials on a daily basis. They have access to Writing Areas indoors and outdoors and writing materials are provided with each activity. They take part in regular Guided Writing Activities which include opportunities for creative writing, application of skills learned in phonics and letter formation.

 

 

Mathematics

This area is split into two strands: Number and Shape, Space and Measures.

We have daily Mathematics lessons where the children cover themes such as counting, number recognition, ordering, adding and subtracting, 2D and 3D shapes, patterns, height, weight, length and capacity. Activities are provided outdoors for the children to access independently and each classroom has a Numeracy Area which the children can choose to use during free flow.

 

 

To see the Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning please click on the links below.


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