Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
At the ACE Centre Nursery School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (the EYFS): Development Matters in (EYFS)
We provide regular opportunities to listen to parents and carers’ knowledge of their unique child and to share our observations of their child’s experiences, learning and development. By developing a close dialogue with a child’s important adults, we can respond effectively to children’s fascinations, needs and aspirations.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of seven areas of learning that are defined as Prime or Specific areas. The Prime areas of learning and development are fundamental, work together, and begin to develop in response to relationships and experiences. They continue to underpin learning throughout the EYFS. The three Prime areas of learning and development are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Collaborating in the garden
This includes the following aspects:
Making Relationships: the importance of children forming good relationships with others and working alongside others companionably.
Self-confidence and Self-awareness: children having a sense of their own value and understanding the need for sensitivity to significant events in their own and other people’s lives.
Managing Feelings and Behaviour: how children develop a growing understanding of what is right and wrong and why, together with learning about the impact of their words and actions on themselves and others.
Communication and Language
Communicating with others
Listening and Attention: how children develop their skills in to tuning into sounds and language around them and their ability to focus and concentrate on things that are happening around them.
Understanding: how children make sense of language and talk to communicate with others, to relate to other people and to follow instructions and stories.
Speaking: how children develop their ability to use a rich variety of words, language and talk to express themselves. It is how they become able to make themselves understood by others and grow in confidence with these skills.
Play equipment and space for adventures
This includes the following aspects:
Moving and Handling: how children develop their co-ordination, control and movement through opportunities to move and be active. It is about large scale gross motor movement and control such as mastering crawling, walking, climbing, hopping and the fine motor control developed through activities with the hands and fingers such as drawing, cutting, managing buttons.
Health and Self-care: how children develop control over their bodily functions and how they learn to take of themselves and their health through hand washing, healthy eating and exercise.
The specific areas grow from the Prime areas to provide contexts for learning. Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to engage with and participate in society. The specific areas are:
Cosy reading area
Reading: how children start to recognise words, signs and symbols around them such as shop signs, road signs and their own name. It is about how children develop a love of books, both fiction and non fiction, an understanding of characters and the language of stories, how books can answer questions and, thorough the teaching of phonics, how the sounds that letters make can be put together to make words that can be read.
Developing early writing skills
Writing: how children start to experiment with making marks that mean something to them and that they can talk about. It is about children beginning to experiment with shapes that look like letters, moving to letters that are personal to them. It involves children in ‘writing’ for real reasons in their play; a shopping list, a story, a card, an invitation, a sign. It is about children beginning to recognise letters and to match them to the sounds so that they can ‘sound out’ words that they want to write.