EYFS Curriculum (Development Matters)
Our children explore a rich and stimulating curriculum based on the seven areas of development:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development,
- Communication & Language,
- Physical Development,
- Understanding the World,
- Expressive Arts & Design.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
This includes: making positive relationships, developing self-confidence and self-awareness and effectively managing feelings and behaviour. The children have a variety of opportunities to work with one another both in adult-led and child initiated activities. On a daily basis we have circle time to encourage children to share their feelings. Every week the children also have an Enabling Enterprise Session. Here the children work on Characteristics of Effective learning e.g. collaboration, problem solving, staying positive.
Communication & Language
This includes: listening and attention, speaking and listening. Throughout the day, children have frequent opportunities to develop these skills. We read lots of stories, and take turns and listen to one another. Our role play areas provide rich language development and allows them to trial and test new vocabulary in a purposeful way.
This includes: moving & handling and health & self-care. In our continuous provision, the children have access to a variety of activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. We also have access to large construction equipment. Our topic sessions provide opportunities for children to learn about independence and keeping healthy.
This includes: reading and writing. Our curriculum currently follows the reading scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The children have access to daily phonics sessions, which underpins their reading development. We encourage you to read as much as possible with your child; whether you yourself read to them, or you encourage your child to read their reading books. We check reading records every day, and change books once they have been finished at home.
This includes: numbers and shape, space & measures. We have daily maths sessions, where the children are given first-hand experiences to learn specific concepts. We believe in a practical approach to learning and use a variety of resources to develop children’s knowledge and understanding. We also learn rhymes, sing songs and read stories to help us.
Understanding The World
This includes: learning about people & communities, the world and technology. Our topic sessions ensure that children have opportunities and experiences to develop their current knowledge about the world. For example; we learn about different cultures and religions, our local environment, life-cycles and different countries. We take children out on trips to consolidate their knowledge further, as we believe that children learn best through first-hand experiences.
Expressive Arts & Design
This includes: exploring & using different media & materials and being imaginative. We have designated art areas in our continuous provision, where the children have constant access to a wide variety of materials. We also hold regular music/dance sessions to encourage the children to represent their feelings and emotions in different ways. The children’s interests are taken into account, and we develop on these and provide stimulating experiences to promote their ideas further.