School Motto – “ A child is a flame to be kindled not a vessel to be filled”
The Early Years Foundation Stage – Early Learning Goals
The Early Years Foundation Stage guidance divides learning and development into 7 areas:
The Prime Areas
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
The Specific Areas
• Expressive Arts and Design
• Understanding the world
The early learning goals for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are:
Personal Social and Emotional Development – Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language – Development involves giving 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.
Mathematics – involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, apace and measures.
Understanding the world – involves guiding 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.
Physical Development – involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control and movement. Children must be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Expressive Arts and Design – Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Literacy - pre-reading and pre-writing skills, alphabet and phonics are introduced through children being giving access to a wide range of reading materials ( stories, poems, rhymes and other reading materials) to ignite their interest.