Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS
The EYFS is a spiral curriculum that involves regularly re-visiting the same learning and development topics using a variety of resources and activities. Each time the content is re-visited, the child gains deeper knowledge and understanding of the topic.
The EYFS is divided into 7 areas of learning which complement and overlap with each other to develop the whole child.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Provides experiences which build social skills; create a positive self image; learn how to regulate emotion and develop empathy and understanding towards others.
Communication and Language: Provides the children with a rich language environment which enables them to develop essential interaction skills; expressive language and the ability to listen and maintain attention.
Physical Development: Provides experiences which develop gross and fine motor skills; coordination; spatial awareness and strength. Children learn self care skills and start their journey to independence.
Literacy: Enabling children to identify and differentiate between sounds. Build recognition of letters and phonetics. Provides activities which encourage mark making and writing.
Mathematics: Uses fun games and innovative experiences to develop an understanding of numbers, shapes and space. Building problem solving skills and perseverance.
Understanding the World: Enabling children to develop an understanding of their community, environment and technology. Learning how diversity shapes our world.
Expressive Arts and Design: Enables children to develop imaginative skills through independent play and re-enactment. Experimenting and exploring colours, media and construction, encouraging sustained thinking. Learning about music and rhythm.
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Letters, Sound and phonics
To complement the EYFS, we incorporate 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics' into our daily provision. During these sessions the children learn to differentiate between the different sounds that they hear and begin to recognise the formation of each letter.
Children learn a great deal from the people around them. As parents and carers, you are your child’s first teachers. You have a powerful influence on what they learn and how they develop.
From a very early age your child will need to experience a wide range of activities and experiences to help build those strong connections in the brain that are essential for future success. Everything from singing nursery rhymes; making and listening to music; listening to them and joining in conversations; painting and pretend play; help to develop their early reading and writing skills. These activities will help your child take the first important steps towards becoming an independent learner.