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Curriculum

Early Years Curriculum

This creative approach, along with a focus on the important six areas of learning for early years, combines to offer an integrated holistic learning programme, where independent learning, curiosity and enthusiasm are developed. The following outlines the key concepts that the children will have the opportunity to learn in each area:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Develop care of self and the environment
  • Take turns, share and play appropriately
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Understand right from wrong
  • Understand and value differences between people, cultures and religions
  • Develop independence
  • Adjust to change
  • Express feelings appropriately

Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language and readily turn it into play and use to communicate their needs with others
  • Extend their vocabulary and develop language skills
  • Listen to and join in with stories, poems and songs, one to one and also in small groups
  • Show interest in illustrations and print in books and in the environment
  • Learn how to handle books carefully and appropriately
  • Engage in activities requiring hand-eye coordination and use one-handed tools and equipment
  • Use puppets and props to make up or retell stories
  • Listen to stories through the means of ICT and story tapes
  • Contribute photo, drawings, favourite pictures, and artefacts towards child’s own personal diary and encourage turning pages, looking and talking about books
  • Begin to use anticlockwise movement and trace vertical lines
  • Use a variety of crayons, pencils and thick chalk and learn to hold in correct pencil grip

Mathematical Development

  • Enjoy joining in with number rhymes and songs
  • Use numbers and mathematical concepts in play
  • Compare groups of objects and organise objects into groups or classification
  • Use shape in play and with puzzles, and be aware of shape in the environment
  • Observe and use positional language
    Have the opportunity to construct large and small equipment
  • Have the opportunity to engage in sand and water play to measure and pour
  • Develop an awareness of time, order and sequencing of events

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Show curiosity and observe and manipulate objects
  • Investigate construction materials and small world equipment
  • Use a range of objects and tools safely and appropriately
  • Observe changes in the environment, weather and living creatures
  • Have opportunity to be involved in long term growing projects i.e., seeds / plants / vegetables
  • Explore their environment and notice features in the place where they live and natural world
  • Gain an awareness of the cultures and beliefs of others 

Creative Development

  • Explore colour, shape, pattern, form and space in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Recognise how sounds can be changed; sing simple songs from memory and make sounds and with body rhythm and musical instruments
  • Listen to a range of music/rhythm/instruments
  • Make constructions, collages, paintings and drawings using a range of media and materials
  • Learn through all of their senses
  • Use imagination and ideas, and communicate some of those ideas to others
  • Use their bodies to explore texture and space
  • Work creatively on a large and small scale
  • Use a range of tools and materials with assistance

Physical Development

  • Explore a range of outdoor and indoor large play equipment in a range of ways such as climbing, jumping, balancing, crawling, sliding and rolling
  • Construct with large materials such as planks, blocks, cartons and lengths of fabric
  • Operate large and small equipment by means of pushing, pulling and turning
  • Engage in activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as puzzles, threading, posting, play dough, pouring, stacking and small world equipment
  • Explore the dress up clothes, hats, costumes, masks and develop independent dressing skills and observe self and others in mirrors
  • Show an awareness of space, themselves and others through movement to music, dance, actions to songs, outdoor games, water play and ride on equipment
  • Use a range of mark making tools both vertically (murals) and on flat surfaces of various levels (table top, floor, pavement, sand)
  • Explore sensory materials such as shaving foam, slime, sand, mud, rice, textured paper/fabric