The Curriculum

At the Kindergartens, we help prepare children for a confident step into their educational journey. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum has been designed to shape curious, enthusiastic and motivated young minds, as well as broadening imaginations, unlocking creativity, and encouraging a true sense of adventure.

How will my child be learning at The Kindergartens?

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development. The three prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will also help them to develop skills in four additional specific areas.

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Developing communication, speaking and listening skills to use with both adults and their peers

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, story-telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.

 

Physical Development

Immersion in a wide range of sports and activities to increase their coordination, control, manipulation and movement skills.

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Establishing a sense of self and personal identity, along with developing an outward awareness of oneself.

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.

 

Specific Areas

Literacy

Preparing for education, we begin by encouraging children to link sounds and letters for a smooth transition to reading and writing.

It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).

 

Mathematics

Exploring the foundations of mathematics whilst encouraging children to learn, practise and discuss their developing knowledge.

Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding – such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting – children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. In addition, it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Increasing children’s creativity through activities which promote curiosity, exploration and play

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.

 

Understanding the World

Providing information and instilling curiosity in an age-appropriate way to help children to make sense of the world.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

 

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Your child’s Teacher will make sure that the activities are tailored to your child’s unique needs. Unlike the Primary and Secondary Schools curriculum, the EYFS is suitable for very young children and is designed to be flexible. This allows our Teachers to closely follow the individual needs and interests of each child.

Children at The Kindergartens learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

To ensure the children receive a broad curriculum at The Kindergartens, we have specialist Teachers including, Sport, Music and Drama who visit regularly to teach the children.

You can view the Department for Education ‘What to expect in the EYFS’ guide by clicking here. This provides a detailed look at all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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