FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
The Early Years is an important time in your child’s life that develops and celebrates children’s confidence, imagination and explorative natures. At Honilands we encourage children to be risk takers and to recognise the power of resilience. We encourage the children to aspire to be the best they can be!
EARLY YEARS FRAMEWORK
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The children learn through a balanced curriculum of fun, structured lessons and by following their own interests in a well-resourced and exciting environment.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning. These are as follows:
The prime areas:
|Personal, social and emotional development-||
|Communication and Language||
The specific areas:
|Understanding the world||
|Expressive arts and design||
Our curriculum enables the children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these areas of learning:
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:
Our curriculum is also designed around ‘The Characteristics of Effective Leaning’. These highlight the importance of a child’s attitude towards their learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.
The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
To encourage our children to develop their enjoyment of books and to surround them with key vocabulary, we link our teaching opportunities to popular story books (core books).
At Honilands we thoroughly enjoy reading and have therefore linked our learning opportunities to popular children’s books.
During their time in the Oak family the children will be introduced to Phonics. In Nursery the children will have plenty of opportunities to explore games and rhymes focused on sound discrimination and rhyming, when ready they will be introduced to letter sounds. It is an incredibly exciting time for the children as they begin to use these skills to read words independently. We use a Phonics scheme called Read, Write, Inc (RWI). Please come and ask us about this if you want any more information.
Children are observed continually, in order to assess their stage of development and to plan their next steps of learning. In Nursery and Reception, teachers make assessment judgements on children’s all-round progress at the end of each half term. At the end of Reception, children’s achievement is reported to parents against the Early Learning Goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
Click on these links to read the full expections:
To support Parents and Pupils Learning at home we also use Tapestry which is an online learning journal.
Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.