Early Years Curriculum
Units of Work
A cross curricular thematic approach is used for planning all units of work, although the progression and integrity of each subject is planned for and the relevant skills and concepts for each subject are taught.
We place an emphasis on the social and emotional well being of children in the Foundation stage and the curriculum is planned to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed. The early years team are also involved in the development of singing in schools and the use of the outdoor environment to enhance education.
The Foundation Years
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:physical development, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language.
The specific areas are:
understanding the world
expressive arts and design.
An Early Years Booklet is available from school if more information is required and we welcome visits to our Early Years Unit.
The start of school is an important time for any child and we are happy to discuss individual needs with parents. We have a flexible approach to admission and will work with parents to make the transition into school a positive experience for you and your child. Please contact the early years staff if you would like to discuss your child’s entry to school.
This half term we are going to be basing our learning on the theme of ‘Our Garden’. We have already made mind maps of the areas that we may be able to learn about and investigate – mini beasts, vegetables, fruit, compost, play equipment and many other things will all be looked at in the coming weeks.
As well as topic work we will obviously continue to work on Read, Write, Inc. and number work too. I am really pleased to see how hard the children have been working on their word-building (spelling) activities.
What happened last half term
Reception class were thinking about animals. We started our work by visiting Whitehouse Farm. We had great fun! We went on a tractor ride, we fed lambs and of course we saw loads of animals. Some of us even had a tarantula on our head!
You can help support your child’s learning by looking for mini-beasts in gardens and parks, and also trying to identify local birds – especially the lovely Herons that can be spotted from the bridge.
Although most of our learning will be based on our animal topic, we will continue to work on phonics, key word vocabulary and addition and subtraction. Parents can support this on-going work by encouraging children to play games like I-spy, practicing the action words that are sent home weekly and doing mental maths (eg asking children what is double 2; or what is 5 + 1). When out and about encourage your child to look for letters, words and numbers in the environment.
Watch this space!
The children will be contributing to this web-page so please visit regularly to keep up to date!
Other websites that may be of interest (Please note: these websites have not been vetted by the school):
www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/Curriculum/Foundation%20Stage.htm – excellent site, winner of numerous awards. This section has great outline of Foundation Stage curriculum
www.artisancam.org.uk – arts education website that is aimed primarily at older children but I think there are some lovely activities and ideas that are suitable for younger children too
www.nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/earlyyears – comprehensive overview of Early Years curriculum
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/ – fun selection of BBC sites suitable for Foundation Stage children.