Mrs Holland sends a weekly parent newsletter home. Please look out for them in your child's book bag.
If you wish to visit the classroom to have a look around your child's learning environment or to spend some time with your child looking through their work, please come in after school on a Friday to the Foundation Classes 'Family Friday'
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The period from birth to the end of Reception is described as The Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important in its own right in preparing children for later schooling.
Play is at the forefront of The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Through play your child will be encouraged to learn new skills and practise skills they have already acquired. Play is important for children's all round physical, emotional, intellectual and social develop.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning and development:
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states that "All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive".
The three prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four specific areas "through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied" are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative thinking. It is very important that children develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. During the day the children will take part in activities covering all aspects of The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, sometimes individually, in small groups or as a whole class. The curriculum will be taught both indoors and outdoors.
This year's topics include:
Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me
Autumn 2 – Celebrations
Spring 1 – People Who Help Us
Spring 2 – Once Upon a Time
Summer 1 - All Creatures Great and Small
Summer 2 – Children’s Choice