The importance of a child’s first years in school cannot be over-emphasised as it will probably influence their long term attitude towards learning and school. Our aim is to create a warm, caring environment which is like an extension of the child’s home. Our main intention is to encourage the complete development of the child in a situation which promotes learning and helps them to mature into loving independent thoughtful individuals. As we plan the curriculum and the general organisation of the school which is appropriate for these young children, we have considered every aspect of their development.
We follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven areas of learning:
Communication and Language development gives children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development is all about being active and interactive; developing co-ordination, control, and movement. Children also learn about the importance of physical activity, and how to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves children developing a positive sense of themselves, and of others; forming positive relationships and developing respect for others. Children develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; how to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and build confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy involves linking sounds and letters and beginning to read and write. Our children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
Mathematics at this stage focuses on developing skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and describing shapes, space, and measure.
Understanding The World helps children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design gives children the opportunity to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. Children share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.