Children in Nursery and Reception learn through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This runs from birth to five years of age. At Kimpton Primary School, we strongly believe that this stage of a child's learning is vital. It builds the foundations for all future learning as well as establishing, from the offset, a love of learning.
The aims of our Early Years Foundations Stage are to:
- give each child a happy, positive and fun start to their school life
- offer each child a wide range of new and exciting experiences; giving them the opportunity to explore, investigate and question their surroundings and adults
- enable each child, through encouragement and high expectations, to develop to the full, socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally
- offer a structure for learning that has a range of starting points and unlimited opportunity for development
- encourage children to develop independence within a loving, secure and friendly atmosphere
- support children in building relationships through the development of social skills such as cooperation
- help each child to recognise their own strengths and achievements through experiencing success and developing the confidence to work towards personal goals
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
These characteristics of learning and the areas of development are all interconnected. The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of seven areas of learning:
Communication and Language
Your children will learn to speak and listen in a range of situations. They will be engaged in activities which will broaden and enrich their language and vocabulary. They will develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves in a variety of different ways.
This develops children’s co-ordination, control and movement. It also involves learning about the importance of physical activity, and guides children on making healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This involves children developing a positive sense of themselves and others; forming good relationships and respect for others; developing social skills and managing their feelings and behaviour; and developing confidence in their own abilities.
Children will learn to link sounds and letters and be encouraged to develop a love of books. They will begin to read and write. We use Read Write Inc to support the teaching of our phonics. Please follow the link below for more information on this scheme.
Children will develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers. They will begin to solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction. They will also learn to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
This involves children making sense of their physical world and their community. They will have opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will explore and experiment with a wide range of materials and media. They will also be encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a range of activities in music, movement, dance, role-play, art, and design and technology.