Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Learning Goals will be deliverd under 7 headings:

Personal, Social & Emotional

We will help the children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships within the Pre-School and to develop respect for others; to develop social skills and to learn how to manage their own feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and also to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication & Language

Throughout the Pre-School children will be given the opportunity to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak, listen and be listened to in a range of situations. Children are introduced to Makaton sign language and there are signs and symbols throughout the Pre-School to reinforce good communication.

Physical

The Pre-School will provide a balanced programme of activities that support the physical development and well being of the children. These will include areas such as managing their own basic hygiene and personal needs, healthy eating and exercise. Provision will be made for the children to develop their co-ordination, control and movement and to handle equipment, tools and pencils effectively.

Literacy

Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials. Books, stories, poems and songs are an important part of the Pre-School experience. We follow the Department for Educations Phonics programme which encourages the children to listen to and link a wide variety of sounds which will lead to linking sounds and letters before reading and writing.

Mathematics

We will provide all the children with a broad and varied experience in which mathematical language, skills and concepts can be created, supported and nurtured. Maths is not seen as a separate area, but rather as part of the whole curriculum. Potential for developing mathematical awareness is built into all of the activities provided by the Pre-School. The programme will include counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

The children will be given opportunities to explore, observe and find out about all aspects of their world. They will be encouraged to talk about their own lives and families and to become aware of similarities and differences between themselves and others. Children will investigate and be involved in activities which increase their knowledge and understanding of objects, materials, animals, plants, the environment and technology.

Expressive Arts & Design

The children will be able to explore and play with a wide range of of media and materials. Opportunties will be provided to encourage them to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design & technology.

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