What do we learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage?
In Early Years, we have lots of fun being busy! It is through our play that we learn all we need to know. Early Years education is a vital part in your child’s development to ensure they are developing in a safe, secure and happy environment. At St Mary’s children are given opportunities to investigate and explore a vast range of activities and experiences and are encouraged to ‘have a go’.
Both Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning.
There are 3 prime areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development (which is all about getting along with others, sharing and taking turns)
- Communication and Language (speaking and listening)
- Physical development (this includes pencil control)
There are four specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design (which includes music, dance and art)
We teach these areas through a balance of focused tasks with an adult and through structured play within the areas of the classroom and outdoor area, which are enhanced with activities relating to our topic and the children’s interest. We teach a different topic each half term, which are based around a theme.
If you would like to see the curriculum map for each term as the year progresses, please visit the class page. You can also find photographs the class pages to see the exciting things that we get up to in EYFS.
To see our half-termly themes open the document below: