The early Years Foundation Stage Framework sets out the leaning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five. They set key goals within each stage of a child’s life, these are split into the months from birth. During your child’s first years of school children will work to achieve these goals. Below is a PowerPoint full of information about the areas of learning and how we teach in Early Years.
In Early Years children learn through directed play with the children showing great independence in leading their own learning. The children learn through lots of play and activities and are encouraged to use their increasing phonics and number knowledge in freely chosen activities. If you can be involved in helping your child, we know it can make a big difference to your child’s learning.
Children learn a great deal from people around them. As teachers and parents we are your child’s first teachers. You have a powerful influence on your child’s early learning. From a very early age your child will need to experience a wide range of activities and experiences (for example, singing and saying rhymes, making and listening to music, listening to them and joining in conversations, painting and pretend play) to develop their early reading and writing skills. These activities will help your child take the first important steps towards reading and writing.
There are 7 areas of learning and development identified in the EYFS framework:
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
PSED helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. We aim to support children to be confident and as independent as possible. Activities support children to develop their social skills, a respect for others and the curiosity to want to explore and learn.
Communication and language (CL)
CL supports children to develop their understanding and expressive language. A language rich environment is provided and differentiated to meet each child's individual needs. Developing communication skills linked to speaking and listening is a key part of the work we do within the department.
Physical development (PD)
PD helps children to learn by being active. This helps children to gain confidence, develop their coordination and movement. Children are supported to make healthy choices about the food they eat both at snack time (nursery and reception children) and at lunchtime (reception children).
We provide many activities to support the development of reading and writing skills. We have a wide range of books and other reading materials within the department which children can access independently and with others. The development of writing skills is supported not only via traditional writing activities but creatively through, for example the use of computers and messy activities.
Children are provided with a wide range of activities to help them to develop an understanding of number, using number and shape, space and measures.
Understanding of the World ( UoW)
UoW provides children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. To help children to do this we enable them to use a range of tools and technology safely. We provide opportunities for them to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. Children are supported to participate in practical 'experiments' and to explore a wide range of materials.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
EAD enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. Children are also provided with opportunities and support to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance imaginative and role play activities, design and technology.
For further information on the Early Learning Goals click here.