Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
Our children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. We plan activities, which allow our children to achieve the objectives outlined in the `Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. The curriculum covers 7 areas of learning, to start in the Nursery and continuing into Reception:
Personal, Social and Emotional Developments
We provide opportunities for children to learn how to work, play and co-operate with each other. They learn to share, to communicate and to express their feelings and develop their self-confidence.
Communication and Language
We encourage conversation and discussion throughout all areas of the curriculum; to enable the children to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
We promote the importance of being healthy and active. We plan activities to enable the children to develop greater physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills. We utilise our indoor and outdoor space to give all children the best opportunities for effective physical development and to introduce sports and games skills.
We teach phonics following the letters and sounds document, which enables the children to develop early reading and writing skills necessary for their future education. We promote a love of books through the enjoyment of a wide range of texts and through sharing books at home. We write for a variety of purposes, using a lot of different media.
We provide a lot of practical experiences and games to provide the foundation for numeracy and develop early counting and number manipulation skills. The children experiment with shape, space and measures including length, weight, capacity and time, and they experience & learn appropriate accompanying vocabulary.
Understanding of the World
We offer children opportunities to develop their understanding of their environment, other people and features of their world. We approach this curriculum area through topic-based learning. The children are encouraged to observe, ask questions and explore using their senses. They are taught to use tools safely and to use ICT to support and extend their learning.
Expressive Arts and Design
Here the children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through singing songs, making music and dances, and experimenting with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.