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EYFS Curriculum

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In Nursery and Kindergarten we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which sets out the standards for learning.

 

There are 7 areas of learning; 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.

 

The Prime areas are seen as the essential 'building blocks' for securing positive outcomes in later life and into adulthood. They support development in all other areas. They are:

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

 

The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge that children need in order to participate successfully in society. They are:

 

Literacy 

Mathematics

Understanding the World

Expressive Art and Design

 

 

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Our Nursery and Kindergarten children participate in a broad range of group activities. These include circle times, story-times, playtimes, music, arts & craft, drama, cookery, PE and movement sessions. Group activities help our children to develop their listening, concentration and social skills. Activities are planned each week to address the 7 areas of learning. Through these the children are given opportunities to be creative, to use their imaginations and to express themselves in different contexts. They begin to make links between themselves and the world around them. They develop physical control of their bodies and of a range of equipment.

 

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In addition, confidence and independence are built during the daily play sessions, which offer children free choice to select and explore a range of activities. Focused learning at each child's own level and pace, takes place through one-to-one adult support. Within the security of their EYFS environment, they are encouraged to take on new challenges, to 'have a go' and begin to understand that active learning will involve taking risks.

 

Each child's development is closely monitored by their teachers. Progress in all learning areas is continuously assessed. Regular contact with parents or carers allows the development of a strong home-school partnership, with the shared goal of giving all of the children a rich, varied and happy experience during their early school years. Teachers are available to speak to parents before and after school and informal meetings can be made as required. We hold Open Mornings throughout the year, where the children have the opportunity to show case their class work to their parents. In Kindergarten, parents are invited to Parents’ Evening twice a year, along with reports to discuss their child’s progress with their Class teacher and with their child’s specialist teachers. In Nursery due to the very young ages of the children, an extra Parents’ Evening is included.

 

For your reference, if you would like to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, Outcomes and Development Matters, please click on the link below:

 

www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf