Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Nursery and Reception curriculum follows the Department for Education's guidance for the 'Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)'. This stage prepares the foundations for the National Curriculum that starts in Year 1. The children will experience activities through a topic-based approach.
Communication and Language
A rich curriculum alongside a variety of environments (including stimulating role play areas, book corners, small world play and exploration in the outdoor areas) encourage the development of language and listening skills. Strong emphasis upon social interactions develops communication alongside close relationships.
The children participate in activities that develop their control and co-ordination and their awareness of space and others. Their fine manipulative skills are increased by using a variety of tools, within a range of creative activities and small construction play. They use a range of small and large equipment and balancing and climbing apparatus, inside and in the outside areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children learn to work, to play and to co-operate with each other. We provide a warm, secure environment where children are valued, feel happy and confident. There are opportunities for children to work alone and in small and large groups. Role-play is particularly encouraged and the home corner is regularly changed.
Through a variety of activities the children's ability to listen attentively, communicate and develop an interest in stories and books is supported and extended. A rich variety of books, audiotapes, puppets, storysacks and other resources are used to make stories come alive.
This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. The children participate in counting songs, stories, rhymes, games and imaginative play, so that the children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers.
Understanding the World
The children are given opportunities to observe, predict, explore, investigate, discuss and make decisions and to extend vocabulary. The children carry out topic based activities. The experiences form the basis of their learning in Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography and Computing.
Expressive Arts and Design
This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. Through creative activities the children handle a range of materials, experiencing texture, colour and form. The children have the opportunity to experiment and create freely and participate in organised activities. The opportunity to explore sound is provided through weekly music sessions.
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