Curriculum and Core Experiences
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The national 'Development matters' policy
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to support positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and to listen in a range of situations.
Providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Literacy - Mark making and writing
Children are encouraged to engage in graphic mark making in a variety of forms such as paints, pens, pencils, crayons, chalks etc. Value is placed on the marks they make and the meaning they assign to them. Adults scribe children's words to model writing every day and to place value on their thoughts and ideas.
Staff support children to develop their fine motor control, which will lead to the correct pencil grip, through a variety of activities. Correct pencil grip is modelled by staff.
Children begin to see letter shapes which have person significance and try to make them for themselves.
Literacy - Reading
A literacy rich environment helps the children to develop a love of books, knowledge of story language and an awareness of traditional stories from a variety of cultures. Story telling techniques are used, with props, for familiar books and rhymes to help children to retell and role play using story language including the characters, setting and the sequence of the story. Children use the language to create their own stories.
Children begin to recognise print and talk about the illustrations. They recognise letters which have personal significance and the sound they make are introduced.
Children are encouraged to take books home from the nursery library and audio books are available on the nursery school website.
Phonics is introduced to build the skills needed which will help children to learn to read:
- listening games and activities - environmental, musical and body percussion
- rhythm and rhyme activities
- Voice sounds
- oral segmenting and blending sounds in words
involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, space and measures.
Understanding the World
guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places and technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
enabling children to explore and play a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.