Curriculum

The 7 areas of learning and development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of 7 areas of learning and development. We use these areas when we are observing, assessing and planning for your child’s individual needs. The areas of learning and development make sure that we are constantly challenging your child and helping them to develop and succeed.

The 7 areas of learning are split into 2 parts. The 3 prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for children’s learning, and are reinforced by the 4 specific areas.

These are the 3 prime areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Is confident and self-assured
  • Manages their feelings and behaviour
  • Makes friends
  • Shares and takes turns
 
Physical Development
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Moves and uses gross motor skills
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Learns about healthy living
  • Manages self-care independently
Communication and language
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Listens and pays attention
  • Understands what is being said
  • Communicates with others
  • Develops vocabulary and speech

These are the 4 specific areas

Literacy
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Enjoys reading books
  • Likes mark-making
  • Learns to write
  • Starts to explore phonics
Mathematics
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Learns about numbers and counting
  • Recognises the passing of time
  • Explores measures, capacity, shapes, space, opposites etc. during play
Understanding the World
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Finds out about nature and the world around them
  • Talks about people and their local community and learns about similarities and differences
  • Learns to confidently use ICT equipment
Expressive Art and Design
Curriculum

This area of learning and development is about how your child...

  • Enjoys being creative
  • Sings, dances and makes music
  • Plays imaginatively
  • Uses colour to express themselves

 

RECORDING & ASSESSMENT (How my child will be learning)

Most of the recording & assessment of your child’s progress takes place while they are doing practical tasks & activities. Children at this age, learn by playing & exploring, & through creative & critical thinking which takes place both indoors & outside.

A careful record of each child’s development is kept by his/her Key Worker. Staff continuously observe children, collect samples of their work, write observations, record their particular interests & take photographs of individual children engaged in their work (play). These are then put into each child’s Record of Achievement book which is shared with parents. We encourage parents to look at these books, write in them about their child, their child’s interests & home life. The Record of Achievement book is given to the child at the end of their time in Nursery.

The record keeping process enables staff to:

  • Ensure continuity of learning from home to school
  • Build up a clear picture of each child as an individual
  • Plan effectively for children’s learning as individuals or in small groups

All parents have the opportunity to speak to staff at any time about their child’s progress & at certain times will be invited to discuss their child’s progress in detail. Just prior to your child leaving nursery we will write a detailed profile about your child.

 

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire
W B Yeats

 

We also have lots of extra things happening in nursery to help widen the children’s experiences. For example we hold an annual funday, have a mobile zoo visit us & have a mobile farm come in the spring term.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum www.foundationyears.org.uk.