Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching

Our aim within the Early Years is to provide a quality learning experience both indoors and outdoors for all the children, learning that is well founded in teacher observation, balanced, relevant to the child and related to the real world. The Early Years curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning. Every day your child will have the opportunity to experience a cross-curricular approach to these areas:
 
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We encourage the children to build good relationships with their peers, other children and adults within our school. We promote self-confidence and the ability to understand their feelings and the feelings and needs of others. The children are encouraged to work as part of a team and understand good behaviour.
 
Communication and Language
We encourage the children to speak clearly and to listen to each other. The children are given many opportunities to use language to recreate stories and extend ideas through role play and discussion.
 
Physical Development
The children are given a wide range of experiences to develop their physical abilities both indoors and outdoors. They are encouraged to refine their running, kicking, catching, and throwing skills with a variety of equipment. We encourage our children to understand the need for healthy eating and the effects exercise has on their bodies. The children are encouraged to practice their fine motor skills using small equipment to cut, stick and paint.
 
Literacy
The children enjoy many opportunities to hear stories, rhymes, songs and poems. They are taught synthetic phonics to link sounds to letters and to build words. They are given the opportunity to choose books from school to share at home and are introduced to individual reading books and activities. They are encouraged to write in many areas, using a variety of materials. They are taught a cursive script.
 
Mathematics
The children are taught their maths in a practical way. They are encouraged to find solutions to mathematical problems using practical materials. They have correct mathematical language modelled to them and are encouraged to use it. They have opportunities to sort objects, count objects, record numbers, solve simple addition and subtraction and to investigate shape, pattern and measure.
 
Understanding the World
The children are encouraged to find out about the world around them, including their own lives and the lives of their families. They investigate how things work, ask questions about why things happen and investigate their local environment. The children have the opportunity to use laptops, digital cameras and programmable toys.
 
Expressive Arts and Design
The children are given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves through drawing, painting, collage and model making. They will work in a group or on their own. They will learn new songs, rhymes, play percussion instruments and recognise and explore how sounds can be made and changed. They are encouraged to use their imagination in role play.