Overview of Early Years
The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum, our aim being to achieve continuity and progression through the school with equal opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a meaningful context both within the classroom and when accessing the excellent outdoor environments Bedgrove Infant School offers.
FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
(Nursery, Foundation 1 and Reception, Foundation 2)
The Curriculum for the Foundation Stage underpins all future learning. The Foundation Stage prepares children (aged 3- 5 years old) for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage and areas of the National Curriculum. Inside and outside structured play is an essential part of the teaching and learning process in both. We all learn in different ways and at different rates. ‘Playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creating and thinking critically’ are vital learning characteristics that provide opportunities for learning.
There are seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage Curriculum which comprises of three Prime areas and four Specific areas. These are as follows:
Prime areas –
communication and language;
personal, social and emotional development
Communication and Language
Through communication and language children are given opportunities to talk and respond to adults and each other in a rich language environment. Children will explore, enjoy, learn about and use words in a broad range of contexts and experience a rich variety of opportunities to develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves. The children develop their listening skills through the use of stories, songs, tapes, circle times, P4c and in role play. This will help them to
In both the indoor and outdoor environments the children are encouraged to develop both their gross and fine motor skills through opportunities to be active and interactive. The use of wheeled vehicles, small PE equipment used for games, construction using wooden bricks,
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Through a wide and varied selection of activities, such as circle time, show and
Specific areas –
understanding the world;
expressive arts and design
Children have daily phonics teaching following the Letters and Sounds programme when they are encouraged to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. In
Mathematical development encompasses understanding and the development and improvement of skills in using of numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measures. The children have many activities available in the indoor and outdoor areas which help them learn, support, enjoy, explore and challenge their mathematical understanding. The environments aim to be ‘number rich’ so that children appreciate that numbers are all around them and they can make mathematical links in
Understanding the World
This involves children making sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. This area incorporates science, geography, history, religious education and ICT. Children have access to computers in classrooms and in the computer suite, interactive whiteboards and a variety of ICT equipment, Bee-Bots, walkie-talkies, digital cameras and much more.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are given opportunities to explore, play with and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and role play. The learning environments are very well resourced to provide opportunities and encouragement for collaborative and imaginative play to develop children’s creativity.