The children’s learning is centred around the Early Years Foundation stage, which covers 6 areas
of learning. These are based on goals the children work towards and should achieve by the end
of their first year in school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage supports children’s learning and development from birth to
5 years.

The principles, which guide the work of all early years practitioners, are grouped into 4 themes.

A unique child
Positive relationships
Enabling environments
Learning and development
The Foundations Stage curriculum is organised
into 6 areas of learning, each having several
aspects and a number of early learning goals.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Communication, Language and Literacy. Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy. Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Physical Development. Creative Development.
This enables staff to observe, plan and assess activities with the children based on their individual development and needs. One experience may provide opportunities to develop a number of competencies, skills and concepts across several areas of learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Building confidence and independence, attention and concentration. Forming relationships with adults and peers, gaining respect for their own beliefs and cultures of others. Understanding right and wrong, turn taking, sharing and negotiating with others.
Communication, Language and Literacy - Speaking and listening skills, phonic knowledge linking sounds and letters, looking at a wide range of books, understanding mark making and that print carries meaning. Enjoying music, songs, rhymes and poems. Extending vocabulary
Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy - Counting numeral recognition, use of maths language, heavier, lighter, greater and smaller. Patterns, sequencing, size shape, position, and use of math to solve problems.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Children will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world.This will happen through offering opportunities to use a
range of tools safely, encounter
creatures, people, plants and
objects in their natural
environments and in real life
situations, undertake practical
experiments and work with a
range of materials. Look at past
and present events. Begin to
explore their own and other’s
cultures and beliefs.
Physical Development - Physical development will be encouraged through the provision of opportunities to practice their fine and gross motor skills.

To improve coordination, control, manipulation and movement. To develop an understanding of importance of physical activity, keeping safe and making healthy food choices.

Creative Development - We will support children’s curiosity, exploration and play, with the
opportunity to explore colour, texture and shape, and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings
through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities,
mathematics, design and technology.

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