Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in the Nursery and Reception classes follow the guidelines for teaching and learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. This includes the following guiding principles:
Areas of Learning
The curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning which are defined in ‘Early Years Outcomes’:
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Planning reflects how each child learns, as reflected in the Characteristics of Effective Learning:
The children are encouraged to be independent learners who explore, investigate and take risks.
Learning opportunities are provided to reflect all areas of the curriculum both indoors and outdoors and children have access to the outdoor space throughout the day.
The children are encouraged to build their own learning, with opportunities provided to self-select the resources they need. Areas of the learning environment provide opportunities for role play, writing, reading, maths, reflection, snack table, technology, investigation, small world, construction, creative, tactile, gardening, music, dance and physical development.
The children in Reception class begin to have more structured learning times added to their day as the year progresses, these include a phonics program of learning, group reading, focused writing groups and focused maths activities.
Planning is cross-curricular, topics provide starting points for the children’s learning, but these remain flexible and through careful observation of children’s play staff reflect each day and plan as a team to follow areas of interest generated by the children.
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