Early Years Foundation Stage
What is The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum?
The ‚Early Years Foundation Stage‘ is the British National Curriculum for Foundation Stage aged children and aims to support, challenge and extend children’s individual learning and developmental journey. Learning through this curriculum is exciting, fun, interesting and most importantly fosters children’s natural positive disposition and want to learn. In fact, we are extremely proud to say that we follow and implement ‚The Early Years Foundation Stage‘at Park Lane.
The curriculum consists of a range of Early Learning Goals which are reflected in the areas of learning. There are 3 prime areas of learning which help to build on the necessary foundations for each and every child and there are also 4 additional areas which further build on and extend each child’s learning and development.
The three prime areas of learning are explained below:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Within this area of learning your child will develop and build on their independence, confidence and self esteem through a variety of experiences, activities and games. Additionally your child will develop their emotional well-being and will begin to understand their own prefrences and interests along with be able to respect those of others. Futhermore through this area of learning your child will begin to develop social competence through being around others and through having the opportunity to build relationships and friendships within the class.
Communication and language
This area of learning focuses on all children developing the skills to become effective communicators, speakers and listeners in different situations and for various purposes. During their time with us your child will begin to talk confidently and will be able to express themselves and their ideas and thoughts in both large and small groups. Additionally, your child will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of books, poems, songs and rhymes which will enable them to understand how books and stories are structured. Your child will have the chance to talk imaginatively and will also learn how to listen to others, taking turns in conversation and asking interesting and appropiate questions to others during conversation.
Physical Development in the Foundation Stage is about developing co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Your child will have ample opportunity to explore a variety of physical experiences both indoors and outdoors during their time at Park Lane. The children will also learn about how to stay fit and healthy and will also be able to recognise and feel the changes that take place in their body during exercise. Furthermore, your child will have the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills through using lots of tools for drawing, painting, cutting, joining and dismantling as well as exploring and using other equipment for building, threading, dressing dolls, creating tents, dens and structures.
The four additional areas of learning are as below:
Through having the opportunity to handle and share books with others, your child will learn to recognise that words tell stories and that the words they see in their environment have a meaning. Your child will also have the chance to see, explore and recognise a range of letters and words and will also learn how to form them for themselves and use them during their structured play time. Your child will learn the phonetic sounds and through experiencing speaking and listening they will begin to hear the different sounds that make up a word. Towards the end of the Foundation Stage curriculum your child will begin to read and write sentences and captions and will also have the opportunity to use their knowledge to read short stories.
Understanding the world
In this area of learning your child will develop the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Your child will take part in explorations and investigations both indoors and outdoors and will begin to talk informatively about change and things that they notice in the environment. Furthermore your child will learn how to use a range of ICT equipment including digital cameras, class computers, voice recorders, Smart boards and more! Finally, your child will being to understand more about different people, traditions and places in their community.
This area of learning will further build on your childs Mathematical understanding and awareness. They will have the opportunity to experience counting, sorting and matching through a range of play and learning experiences. They will also learn how to recognise a range of patterns, will begin to make connections between groups and numbers of objects, along with exploring shape, space and measure. Furthermore, your child will be encouraged to develop an understanding of Mathematical language and will begin to problem solve for a range of situations.
Expressive Arts and Design
Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play.Your child will use a range of tools to design and make their own creations, models and structures. They will learn how to listen and respond to music through song and dance and will begin to develop the skill needed to create their own songs, music and stories through a variety of experiences.
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