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Early Years Curriculum

We offer a rich and varied curriculum, and firmly believe that through purposeful play children learn to extend and develop their thinking and learning.

In Reception, the staff plan fun, interactive and challenging activities which follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development:

3 Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, and to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. Staff help children develop social skills including learning how to manage their feelings and to have confidence in their own abilities.

  • Communication and Language involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment. Staff will help children develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

  • Physical development involves providing daily opportunities for children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also supported to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy food choices

These are supported by:

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials on a daily basis (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. Children are also given opportunities to describe 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. Children are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.