All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which Nursery and Reception classes follow is about learning through play, creativity and discovery and most of all making learning fun!
This is the earliest stage of a child’s education at school, and covers the Nursery and Reception classes. It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives the children secure foundations for later learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage focuses on the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning and development:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children learn to work, to play and co-operate with each other. We provide a warm, secure environment where children are valued, feel happy and confident. There are opportunities for children to play and learn alone and in small and large groups. Role-play is particularly encouraged both indoors and outdoors.
The children participate in activities that develop their control and co-ordination and their awareness of space and others. Their fine manipulative skills are increased by using a variety of tools, within a range of creative activities and small construction play. They use a range of small and large equipment and balancing and climbing apparatus both inside and outside.
Communication and Language
Through a variety of activities the children’s ability to listen attentively and communicate are supported and extended. We encourage children to join in rhymes and refrains and develop their understanding and use of questions. Use of talk in connecting ideas, explaining thoughts and role play is modelled and encouraged.
A rich variety of books, puppets, story sacks and other resources are used to make stories come alive and to help children develop an interest in stories and books. Children are encouraged in mark making, recording and developing writing skills through a range of activities and resources available to them. The Nursery runs a Story Sack Library for children to choose a story sack to take home and enjoy sharing a book and the activities at home.
This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. The children participate in counting songs, stories, rhymes, games and imaginative play, so that the children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers.
The children are given opportunities to observe, predict, explore, investigate, discuss and make decisions and to extend vocabulary. The children carry out topic based activities. These experiences form the basis of their learning in Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)
Expressive Arts and Design
This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. Through creative activities the children handle a range of materials, experiencing texture, colour and form. The children have the opportunity to experiment and create freely and participate in organised activities. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore sound, make music, play musical instruments and join in with new and familiar songs.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
Children in nursery and reception become totally absorbed in the activities they are given.