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For our youngest children, teachers plan activities based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which has seven areas of learning.
Through this curriculum children develop a positive sense of self and good relationships with others, skills to express themselves and have opportunities to speak and listen in a range of contexts. They enjoy being active, developing control, coordination and movement, make sense of their physical world by finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
The children begin to:
• Link letters and sounds to read and write;
• Enjoy listening to and retelling stories;
• Develop skills in counting, problem solving, understanding and using numbers, shapes and simple measurements;
• Experience a wide range of materials and media through art, music and movement.
The classrooms and outside spaces are set up to encourage child-initiated learning in all the different areas complemented by adult-led focused activities. Parents are able to see what their children are doing in the classroom through our online journal and get an understanding of how the areas of learning are interlinked.
Outdoor learning is a key element of the EYFS and classrooms all have an enclosed outdoor space and children are able to choose to work outside or inside.
The Seven Areas of Learning
Communication and language