In Nursery, we follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The three Prime Areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The four Specific Areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships with other children and adults; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. In Nursery, the children learn how to behave appropriately and develop confidence in their own abilities. We actively promote and celebrate the '5 Rs': Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Risk taking and Resourcefulness.
Communication and Language Development involves giving children experience of a rich language environment and supporting them in developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. The children in Nursery learn how to speak and listen in a range of situations and begin to develop a broad vocabulary.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for the children to be active and develop their coordination, control and movement. Children learn how to move, climb and balance in different situations and also begin to develop their fine motor control skills ready for writing.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. We sing songs and rhymes and read and tell stories every day. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme for developing skills in listening to sounds, rhyming, and hearing the sounds in words. We also introduce the children to the Read, Write Inc phonics programme which they will continue to follow in Reception.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, describing shapes and using different measures. Opportunities for developing mathematical skills are supported in all areas of the learning environment including outdoor learning.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of the world around them, particularly the natural world and their community. We spend a lot of time learning outdoors and in our Forest School area where children are free to explore, play and follow their own curiosities.
Expressive Art and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of materials and media. Children explore how to express themselves, their thoughts, feelings and ideas, through painting, model building, singing, dancing, role-playing and many other creative activities and experiences.