Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Our aim is to prepare each child to cope with the challenges of tomorrow’s world. We provide a wide range of experiences and activities that will develop the child’s concentration, self-discipline, social skills and love of learning. Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride. Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
Fine motor – Gross motor – Dexterity – Skills – Strength – Muscles – Growth – Milestones
Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Communication and Language
Our language activities cover all aspects of language development and provide a solid foundation for literacy skills. Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity. Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events. Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Children use their phonic knowledge to recognise their names and their friends names. We have a 'letter of the week' every week and the children learn all about that letter and the sounds it makes, through songs, storytelling, puppet shows, found objects etc.
Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20 (far higher generally!), place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. Our use of materials enable children to recognise that their perceptions of the world around them have a mathematical element, and to nurture this understanding in a carefully structured way.
Expressive Art and Design
Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-pay and stories.
Understanding the World
Children are enormously inquisitive about the environment, about people and about the world. We divide these broad themes into discrete topics to integrate different aspects of the curriculum including geography, biology, science, history, cookery, and festivals and celebrations from around the world. Our children observe, explore and talk about their experiences, while developing their knowledge and understanding. They learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and school. They select and use technology for particular purposes.