Children in Pre-school and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). This guidance sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on seven areas of learning: Three Prime Areas and Four Specific Areas.
The Prime Areas are: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development and the Specific Areas are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Research into early child development shows that children learn more rapidly during their first three years than in later life; whilst all areas of learning are important and inter-connected, the three Prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn and form relationships and thrive. The specific areas will enable them to be self-motivated learners who are confident to succeed.
Half-termly, cross-curricular Learning Clusters underpin our curriculum. These clusters are carefully planned to cover all subjects within the National Curriculum and to ensure children enjoy their learning. Each cluster starts with a ‘hook’ to get the children excited about their learning and ends with a celebration of new learning. Whenever possible, trips are planned into Learning Clusters to contextualise the learning for the children. Information on the upcoming Learning Cluster is available on our website, and an overview is sent home each half-term. This ensures parents are kept fully informed about their children’s learning in school.