Mrs Tara McGovern
Therfield First School
“Bringing Learning to Life”
The curriculum is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (“EYFS”) and is divided into seven areas; three prime areas and three specific areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) underpins all that is happening in the Foundation Stage, and most learning opportunities will have a PSED learning objective as well as one from the main focus for learning. Teaching children to work together, to form positive relationships based on respect and to be tolerant of each other’s feelings and skills which will impact on their ability as lifelong learners as much as being able to read and write. We teach these skills through our whole approach to the curriculum.
Communication and Language (CL) covers all areas of speaking and listening and the essential communication skills. Children are encouraged to talk about their ideas and learn to explain themselves clearly. They listen to and join in with stories and rhymes. Children talk about their own experiences and answer questions.
Physical Development (PD) is very important to these children who are still growing and developing and they must have lots of opportunities to develop their muscles through large gross motor movements such as running and climbing and smaller fine motor skills such as scissor and pen control and building bricks. In Foundation stage we ensure the children have plenty of opportunity to be outside so they can move freely and practice all these skills to strengthen their muscles.
Literacy (L) encourages children to read and write by seeing others doing it and by having a go themselves. They are introduced to the skills they will need to develop and encouraged to hear the sounds letters make, to say what they are trying to write when they put marks on paper. They have opportunities to write for a range of purposes. Children develop an enjoyment of books by looking at them in a variety of contexts and having books and stories read to them. All children take home reading scheme and library books and encouraged to read daily with their parents.
Mathematics (M) is taught through practical experiences as children need to be able to count and know which number name relates to each symbol before they can start doing calculations on paper. Children need to be able to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, time and money. They should notice patterns around them and name/describe everyday objects and shapes.
Understanding of the World (UW) refers to all the enquiring and thinking skills which will later be seen as science, history, geography and technology. Through these the children learn about the world in which they live. Our teaching always has a topic based approach as young children see life as a whole and not in parts. They will have the chance to explore the world in practical ways which will enable them to follow their own enthusiasm to learn. Children learn about ICT by exploring a range of technology such as CD players, control toys, computers and iPads.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) is essential for young children to explore the many textures and materials and find ways of expressing their thought, feelings and emotions. Many young children need to spend a lot of time exploring how materials and tools work so that they can use this knowledge later to create their own designs and understand how things work. The regularly sing songs, make music and dance.