The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is split into seven areas of learning. The learning and development that takes place in these seven areas is underpinned by The Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are the ways in which children interact with the world around them and with other people. They are:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
Much of your child's early learning will take place through play. The teachers plan play opportunites and activites, some play will be child inititated and some will be adult led.
The teachers plan activities and experiences for children in the following areas:
• 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 listen in a range of situations.
• Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
• Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form 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.
• Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds to letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
• Mathematics 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 learn about shapes, spaces and measures.
• Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
• Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
The YR topics for the year are :
Why can't we have chocolate for breakfast?
Why do leaves go crispy?
Night and day
Around the World