The EYFS curriculum is made up of 7 areas of learning:
‘Communication & Language’ and ‘Literacy’ are both areas which focus on developing children’s confidence and ability in speaking and listening, reading and writing. Both in small and large groups children will be encouraged to listen attentively and talk about their own experiences. They will be encouraged to retell well known stories and traditional tales as well as inventing their own stories through role-play activities. Through focussed phonic and reading sessions the children will learn to recognise and write their own name, letter sounds, familiar words and eventually read and spell the first 100 common key words. The children will experience plenty of opportunities for guided and individual writing and will be introduced to different forms of writing such as lists, labels, stories and letters.
‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ is an area that teaches children how to work, play and co-operate with others following the rules, routines and daily life of The Meadows. It enables children to feel safe and secure, become independent learners, make new friends and function in a group beyond the family. Children will also be helped to become more self confident, express their feelings in appropriate ways and to show respect for people who may have different cultures or beliefs to themselves. We follow the SEAL programme (Social and emotional aspects of learning) which introduces children to topics such as ‘Getting on and falling out’, ‘New beginnings’ and ‘Relationships’ and reinforces the skills mentioned above.
This area focuses on encouraging children to be physically active in indoor and outdoor environments. Individual’s mobility, awareness of space, and manipulative skills will be monitored and assessed and all children will be encouraged to move confidently and imaginatively with increasing control and co-ordination. A range of equipment will be provided throughout the year which will promote active play and develop gross motor skills including bikes, scooters, hoops, bats and balls, large construction toys and digging equipment. Planned weekly PE sessions include yoga activities, large apparatus, team games, dance, balance tasks on the trim trail and write dance. Children will also be supported in developing fine motor skills such as cutting, threading, pegging, rolling and drawing. Children will be made aware of the importance of physical activity, the changes that happen to their body when they are active and how to make healthy choices in relation to food.
The ‘Mathematics’ area provides children with practical activities to help them compare, sort, martch, sequence and count. Through first-hand experiences, children will develop an understanding of:
- Counting – estimating, counting aloud, ordering, recognising and recording numbers.
- Calculating – addition and subtraction, finding on more and one less than a given number, sharing and dividing objects and exploring number pairs that total 10.
- Shape, space and measures – exploring 2D and 3D shape, positional language, investigating length, height and weight, sorting objects, noticing patterns and exploring the concepts such as time and money.
In all areas of ‘Mathematics’ the children will be introduced to appropriate mathematical language related to the topic.
This area focuses on children developing knowledge and understanding of their environment, which includes finding out about their families, local, national and global communities and features of the natural and man-made world. Children will be encouraged to recognise features of living things, objects and events and to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. They will be given opportunities to talk about their observations, sometimes recording them and be encouraged to ask questions to gain information. Children will have access to computers, digital cameras, CD players, SMART boards, MP3 story phones, light boxes, programmable devices such as Bee-bots and other battery operated toys.
This area focuses on the development of children’s imagination and their ability to express ideas and feelings in creative ways. Through art, music, dance, stories and role-play, children will develop an increasing ability to use their imagination, listen and observe. Music, dances and songs from all around the world will be shared and recreated. Children will be encouraged to explore sound, colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions. Opportunities will be provided for children to experiment with clay, play dough, paint, chalk, oil pastels, foam, flubber and glue. Discussing and recreating work of well known artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Matisse will be included in our curriculum.
The children’s interests and fascinations help to guide the topics that we cover in school, however, the following topics have proven to be popular with past cohorts of children – traditional tales, nursery rhymes, living things, growing and changing, all around the world, all about me, the royal wedding and the London 2012 Olympics!