The Early Years curriculum aims to give all children the best possible start in life.
Working in partnership with families is crucial.
There are seven areas of learning and development which are all important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important. These areas help children to communicate, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
Communication and language: giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development: providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development: helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Children are also supported in four specific areas:
Literacy: encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics: providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world: guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design: enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design & technology.
It is particularly important that we help children to develop capabilities that will help them to become better learners. We want to ignite children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and support children in building their own capacity to learn. We do this through
Active learning: motivation, becoming involved, concentrating and resilience and persisting with an activity when challenges occur, enjoying what they set out to do.
Creating and thinking critically: choosing how to do things and having our own ideas, making links and noticing patterns, finding ways to solve problems.
Playing and exploring: finding out and exploring, showing curiosity, being willing to have a go, representing their experiences in play and acting out with other people.
Kingsgate Primary School Kingsgate Road London NW6 4LB
Tel 020 76245379