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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

 

Our curriculum is designed around the needs of our young children and is organised into seven areas of Learning and Development.

 

These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Mathematics

  • Literacy

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts & Design

 

Here are the main components of each of the seven areas.
 

Personal, Social and Emotional experiences are about:

  • Self confidence & awareness

  • Managing feelings and behaviour

  • Making relationships

     

Physical Development experiences are about:

  • Moving and handling

  • Health and self care

  • Developing an awareness of different parts of the body

 

Communication and Language experiences are about:

  • Listening and attention

  • Understanding
  • Speaking

 

Literacy experiences are about:

  • Reading
  • Writing

 

Mathematics experiences are about:

  • Numbers
  • Shapes, space and measures

     

Understanding the World experiences are about:

  • People and communities

  • The world

  • Technology

 

Expressive Arts & Design experiences are about:

  • Exploring and using media and materials

  • Being imaginative

 

We plan through a topic based approach. To keep you well informed about the children’s activities our plans are displayed:-

  • On the Notice Board in the cloakroom (long, medium and short term planning)
  • On the school website (long term planning)


Throughout the year we organise several exciting activities, outings and visits/visitors to enhance the children’s learning.

If you would like to find out more about our school curriculum please either speak to your child's key person or to Mrs Shears who will be happy to help. Thank you!

A Parent's Guide to the EYFS

Our Nursery School considers the all round development of your child. We provide opportunities which enable your child to; exercise options and express ideas, reflect on experience and information, share thoughts, make decisions, make discoveries and explore and engage in first hand experiences.

 

Our allocation of time, space and equipment will provide opportunities for your child to develop to their potential, physically, linguistically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally. Through carefully planned activities we support and enhance your child's learning ensuring they make at least good progress over time. We plan themes on an annual basis (long term plans) but these are not 'set in stone' and are fluid to address the ever growing and changing needs of all our children. We seem them as more of a 'working document'!

 

Plans for the medium term (monthly of half term) and short term (bi-weekly) are displayed in school. If you would like a hard copy to take home, please just ask.

Planning Themes 2017/18

A Guide to your Child's Learning and Development - 'What to Expect, When?'

EYFS Curriculum Policy

Letters and Sounds

In Nursery School we use the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 materials to promote, encourage and enhance children's early phonics skills. There are a series of games and activitites included in the document which can be used 1-1 or in small groups.  It is very important that children are able to discriminate between different sounds before being abe to sound them out verbally.  There are seven aspects to Phase 1 which we plan to cover during your childs time with us.  Please see the PDF just below for more information.  

 

Throughout Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds children will:

  • develop their language structures;
  •  increase their vocabulary;
  •  begin to distinguish between sounds in words;
  •  speak clearly and audibly;
  •  become familiar with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration;
  •  listen attentively;
  •  explore and experiment with sounds and words;

 

Activities to support learning in Phase 1include:

  • storytelling;
  •  singing songs;
  •  listening to rhymes and repeating patterns and refrains;
  •  playing alliterative games;
  •  using creative language in role play, drama and dance;
  •  identifying sounds in names, words in the environment etc.

Letters and Sounds Publication

Jolly Phonics

As part of our phonics teaching we also use the 'Jolly Phonics' programme to complement the 'Letters and Sounds' materails. There is a video below which plays the songs and shows the actions used, (which has been sourced through You tube.) Every Monday there will be activity sheets for you to take home which focus on a  specific letter sound to try at home with your child. Please take one from the display which says 'Phase 1 Letters and Sounds'.

Jolly Phonics Songs

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