Curriculum / Learning

The guidance divides children’s learning and development into 7 areas:

Outdoor play area and indoor learning wall Personal, social and emotional development (prime area)
Communication and language development (prime area)
Mathematical development
Understanding the world
Physical development (prime area)
Literacy
Expressive arts and design

For each area, the guidance sets out development matters statements. These statements set out what it is expected children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education. The 3 prime areas work together, move through and support development in all other areas. Step by Step, Pre-school uses the foundation stage curriculum to help us to trace each child’s progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all children move towards achievement of the development matters statements.

Personal, Social and Emotional development (prime area)

This area of development encourages children to:
Have a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them;
Have confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements;
Be able to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults;
Become aware of — and being able to keep to — the rules which we all need to help us to look after ourselves, other people and our environment;
Be able to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs; and
Be able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people’s ways of doing things.

Indoor classroomCommunication and Language (prime area)

This area of development encourages children to:
Be able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others;
Add to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of — and being able to use — new words;
Be able to use words to describe their experiences; 
Listen and talk about stories heard

Mathematical development

This area of development encourages children to:
Build up ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big;
Build up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects;
Start to understand that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big;
Build up ideas about how to use counting to find out how many; and
Be introduced to finding the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.

Understanding the World

This area of development encourages children to:
Find out about the natural world and how it works;
Find out about the made world and how it works; 
Learn how to operate simple ICT equipment, and become familiar with technology in general
Start to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them;
Begin to learn about their locality and its special features; and
Learn about their own and other cultures. 

Physical development (prime area)

This area of development encourages children to:
Gain control over the large movements which we can make with our arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift;
Gain control over the small movements we can make with our arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials; and
Learn about the importance of — and how to look after — their bodies.

Literacy

Enjoy reading books
Mark make
Learn to write
Start to explore phonics and letter sounds

Expressive Arts and Design development

This area of development encourages children to:
Use paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and
Become interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is used to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from EYFS development matters statements is used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.

At New Millside the children have continuous provision of;