In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), there are seven areas of learning and development that shape the curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
The seven areas of learning are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The children are also supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The EYFS also promotes the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ which guides staff to reflect on the different ways and rates in which children learn. The characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go
active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievement
creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
The staff use their knowledge of the children’s individual needs, interests and stage of development to plan a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses all of the areas of learning. This is particularly important in developing language and extending vocabulary.
How is the curriculum delivered?
In the EYFS, children learn best through play and first-hand experiences. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. We stimulate children’s interests, respond to each child’s emerging needs and guide their development through warm, positive interactions coupled with secure routines for play and learning. As children grow older and move into the reception year, there is a greater focus on teaching the essential skills and knowledge in the specific areas of learning to help children prepare for year 1.
Welcome to Pre-School
Early Years Practitioners: Miss McMahon, Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Steabler-Burke and Mrs Thompson.