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'The Early Years Foundation Stage' is the statutory guidance on the care and education of children 0-5.
"Children make good and sometimes outstanding progress in all of the areas of learning. The majority of children are working confidently at the expected levels for their age by the end of their time in the nursery; a few children do even better than this and achieve a little above expectations for their age." Ofsted March 2013.
We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. We provide opportunity, resources and support for children to learn at the highest level through their play. Children engage in active learning which involves other people, objects, ideas and events that involve them for sustained periods of time. The environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable. We offer warm trusting relationships with knowledgeable adults to support children’s learning.
Through our work with our children and their families we demonstrate the four 'Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage' which are
A unique child
Learning and Development
7 areas of learning
We also take into account how children learn and plan for this too. This is known as the characteristics of effective learning.
We plan across these seven areas of the curriculum which are influenced by the needs and interests of the children.
The focus of our work and our planning sheets are displayed for your information on the Parents Notice Board in the corridor.
Communication, Language and Literacy|
Communication, Language and Literacy.
We consider it to be really important that children develop skills in communicating speaking and listening both to adults and to children.
English is the language of the school. Children are given support in their home language to increase their understanding and use of English.
We recognise that by being bi-lingual children develop good skills in problem solving and are more receptive to learning other languages.
We put a high priority on teaching early reading and writing as these are skills that children need to acquire so that they can access future learning.
"Very good teaching is helping children to start to recognise sounds in words and the letters that represent them. All of the children are showing an interest in these new small group sessions and some more-able children are starting to make rapid progress in early literacy." Ofsted March 2013
Books and story time are very important in the early years curriculum. Through listening to stories children learn that print has a message and that reading is enjoyable. Through looking at books children learn about books, and they begin to link the writing with the story.
Many of the nursery activities help to develop the skills necessary for reading; jigsaws, lotto and matching games all help to develop the ability to discriminate and recognise similarities and differences.
As children mark make they are developing pencil control and they learn that drawings and making letter shapes is different. We encourage the children’s writing in role play situations, such as writing shopping lists and making greeting cards …
We help the children to recognise and to write their own name using small letters rather than capital
letters e.g. Paul, rather than PAUL.