The Early Years Foundation Stage - Curriculum
Learning to be learners
As we go through life we constantly learn new things and we need the skills to do this. For example, persevering when things are hard, working out different ways to do things and learning with other people.
At pre-school we help children develop the skills they need to be successful life-long learners by engaging in shared thinking and questioning with them.
Research has shown that the most successful learning in young children happens when they have high levels of involvemen and well-being, when they are secure and confident in their environment and where adults respect and encourage children's developing autonomy and decision making.
The revised (2012) Early Years Foundation Stage identifies that being engaged through play and exploring, being motivated through active learning, and being able to think creatively through creating and choosing, are all characteristics of effective learning.
We build on the child's starting point, their knowledge, interests and experiences, in order to plan a balanced curriculum within the 3 prime areas of learning and 4 specific areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design