Learning Experience

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is divided into 7 areas of learning (EYFS includes Nursery and Reception)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development This is a crucial part of the EYFS as it is a prerequisite for your child’s success in all other areas of learning. We provide opportunities to develop your child’s independence through self-selection, changing and managing their own hygiene. We support and offer experiences which enable your child to interact well with others and develop a positive sense of themselves.

Communication and Language This focuses on developing speaking and listening skills, for example effective self-expression and anticipating events in stories. Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions and learn to answer “how” and “why” questions about their experiences.

Literacy This area concentrates on children’s phonic knowledge where they learn letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. They learn to write their own name and use their phonic knowledge to write familiar words. Children develop the tools necessary to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

Mathematics This includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. Activities are planned which encourage children to use everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity to compare quantities and objects. We emphasise the importance of developing problem-solving and thinking skills and encourage girls to be aware of numbers across the curriculum.

Understanding the World – Pupils develop skills, knowledge and understanding to help them make sense of the world. We encourage pupils to explore the environment in our play area and extensive grounds. Children are provided with opportunities to talk about past and present events in their lives and those of family members. They are taught to understand that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and learn to appreciate different communities and traditions. We use a range of technological devices and computers to enhance their learning.

Physical Development Your child will have frequent opportunities to develop their control and co-ordination in our outdoor area. A range of toys and apparatus is provided to develop skills such as climbing, balancing, sliding, scooting and pedalling. Children’s fine motor skills are promoted using small tools such as pegs and pencils as well as threading and cutting. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy diet, exercise and keeping safe.

Expressive Arts and Design This area of learning includes Art, Music, Dance, role play and imaginative play. Children are encouraged to experiment with colour, texture and form. They have the opportunity to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. Children play percussion instruments and explore and learn how sounds can be changed. They create movement in response to music. They are provided with many opportunities to take part in imaginative role-play.