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Early Years and Foundation Stage

The children in Early Years and Foundation stage are between 1 and 4 years. This is an important stage in every child’s life and development. We are aware of this and we have made learning as fun as possible.

 

 

Our overall aim is to provide each child with the appropriate work within a stimulating and nurturing environment so that each child has the opportunity and incentive to achieve his/her full potential. Children learn best when their efforts receive positive encouragement and this is an integral part of our classroom practice in our Early Years and Foundation Stage.

 

 

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. The Early Years and Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. Starting school is an important step! At Temple we have a carefully planned pre-school induction programme to make the transition from home to school sensitive and appropriate for each child. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. Learning takes place in a secure and stimulating environment where first hand learning experiences encourage the development of imagination, creativity and the enjoyment of learning.

 

 

What children can do, rather than what they cannot do are the starting points in learning. Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Structured play is important as listening, playing, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others are the main ways through which children learn about themselves and the world around them. During this stage, Early Learning Goals set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.

 

 

The six areas of learning and development that make up the Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum are:

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • positive approaches to learning and finding out about the world around

them.

  • confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements.
  • their ability to get on, work and make friends with other people, both children and adults.
  • their awareness of, and ability to keep to the rules which we all need to help us look after ourselves, other people and our environment.
  • their ability to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs; and
  • their ability to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people's ways of doing things.

 

 

Communication, language and literacy

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • conversational skills with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others.
  • their vocabulary by learning the meaning of - and being able to use - new words.
  • their ability to use words to describe their experiences.
  • their knowledge of the sounds and letters that make up the words we use.
  • their ability to blend sounds and begin to read words.
  • their ability to listen to, and talk about, stories.
  • knowledge of how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information.
  • their ability to form letters correctly.
  • knowledge of the purposes for which we use writing; and making their own attempts at writing.

 

 

Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • understanding and ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big.
  • understanding and ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects.
  • understanding that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big.
  • understanding and ideas about how to use counting to find out how many; and
  • early ideas about the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.

Children are supported to develop these mathematical ideas and use related vocabulary while taking part in sorting, matching, ordering, counting, pattern making and working with numbers, shapes and measures.

 

 

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • knowledge about the natural world and how it works.
  • knowledge about the made world and how it works.
  • their learning about how to choose, and use, the right tool for a task.
  • their learning about computers, how to use them and what they can help us to do.
  • their skills on how to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them.
  • their learning about their locality and its special features; and
  • their learning about their own and other cultures.

Children are encouraged to be curious, to ask questions, to experiment and solve problems to help them make sense of the world they live in. A variety of practical experiences build the foundation for later learning about science, design and technology, information and communication technology, history, geography and religious education.

 

 

Physical development

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • increasing control over the large movements that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift.
  • increasing control over the small movements they can make with their arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials; and
  • their understanding about the importance of, and how to look after their bodies.
  • An awareness of how to stay active, safe and healthy.

Children are supported to develop physical control, co- ordination and manipulation, confidence and ability through a range of activities.

 

 

Creative development

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • the use of paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and
  • their interest in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.

As their imagination develops, they have opportunities to communicate and express their ideas and feelings in a number of ways through artwork, music, dance and role play.

Assessment of developmental and learning needs will be on-going throughout the school year. We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We encourage children toward reading, communication and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Reading is taught through a variety of different structured reading schemes supplemented with a wide range of other books. Books are organised in a structured, graded way to allow children many opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We are always pleased to discuss ways in which parents can help their children at each stage of their reading development.

Our aim is to give all our children an equal opportunity to develop their talents, however great or small, to the full. We encourage the children to work steadily, improving a little more each day. We emphasize effort with praise.

 

 

Year Groups:

Creche (newsletter)

Preschool 1 (newsletter)

Preschool 2 (newsletter)

Reception (newsletter)

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We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum catering for all our children. The curriculum is presented to them in an integrated manner, through cross-curricular themes. It aims to promote a healthy spiritual, moral, cultural, cognitive and physical development

              

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