Curriculum

During your child’s time at pre-school s/he will be working towards Early Learning Goals (ELG) as set down by the DfES, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which are broken down into 3 Prime areas and 4  Specific areas of learning. Below, the seven areas of learning are condensed to give you an idea of the activities that we provide, the topics we cover, and the resources we use during our daily sessions. You can also download this free useful guide called What to expect, when? this is useful to understand what staff are observing and for you to support us and you child's development.


feb14 001 PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Become confident, self-respecting and able to establish effective relationships with other children and adults
Work independently and as part of a group
Concentrate and persevere in their learning, seeking help where needed
Be eager to explore new learning and to develop the ability to initiate ideas and solve simple practical problems
Be independent in selecting an activity and/or resource
Be independent in dressing and personal hygiene
Be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others
Show respect for people of other cultures and beliefs
Take turns and share fairly
Express their feelings and behave in appropriate ways
Develop an understanding of what is right, what is wrong, and why
Develop care and concern for living things, property and the environment
Respond to culture and religious events
To show a range of feelings in response to their experience of the world

 

june july 14 049 COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Listen attentively and talk about their experiences in a small and large group
Use a growing vocabulary with increasing fluency to express thoughts and convey meaning to the listener
Listen and respond to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems
Make up their own stories
Participate in role play with confidence
Enjoy books and handle them carefully, understanding how they are organised
Know that words and pictures carry meaning and that in English print is read from left to right and from top to bottom
Begin to associate sounds with patterns in rhymes, with syllables, and with words and letters
Recognise letters of the alphabet by shape and sound

june july 14 032 PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Move confidently and imaginatively with increasing control and co-ordination and an awareness of space and others
Use a range of small and large equipment and balancing and climbing appraratus, with increasing skill
Handle appropriate tools, objects, construction and materials, safely and with increasing control

The Specific areas of development are:

feb 14 012 MATHEMATICAL DEVELOPMENT

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Use mathematical language, such as circle, in front of, bigger than and more to describe shape, position, size and quantity
Recognise and recreate patterns
Be familiar with number rhymes, songs, stories, counting games and activities
Compare, sort, match, order, sequence and count using everyday objects
Recognise and use numbers to 10
Be familiar with numbers larger than 10 from their everyday lives
Begin to use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems
Understand and record numbers in the context of practical activities
Begin to show an awareness of number operations such as addition and subtraction and begin to use the language involved

feb14 048 UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Talk about where they live, their environment, their families and past and present events in their own lives
Explore and recognise features of living things, objects and events in the natural and made world
Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change in their world
Develop an awareness of the purposes of some features of the area in which they live
Talk about their observations, sometimes recording them and ask questions to gain information about why things happen and how things work
Explore and select materials and equipment appropriate to a task
Develop and use skills such as cutting, joining, folding and building for a variety of purposes
Use technology to support their learning.

june july 14 073 EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

Activities will aim to encourage children to:
Explore sound, colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions
Respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel
Develop an increasing ability to use their imagination, to listen and observe when engaged in art, music, dance, stories or imaginative play
Use a widening range of materials, suitable tools, instruments and other resources to express ideas and communicate feelings