Curriculum

Curriculum

We follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. This leads to nationally approved Early Learning Goals and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of 5 (Year 1)
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of 7 areas of learning and development. These areas of learning are arranged into two groups, the Prime areas and the Specific areas, when a child starts at pre-school we will initially concentrate on the Prime areas and as the child matures we will begin to incorporate the Specific areas.

Communication (Prime area)

Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well–stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to be able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. Staff support children with a vast range of activities to build upon their vocabulary and develop their listening skills for future learning.

Curriculum

We follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. This leads to nationally approved Early Learning Goals and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of 5 (Year 1)
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of 7 areas of learning and development. These areas of learning are arranged into two groups, the Prime areas and the Specific areas, when a child starts at pre-school we will initially concentrate on the Prime areas and as the child matures we will begin to incorporate the Specific areas.

We follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. This leads to nationally approved Early Learning Goals and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of 5 (Year 1)
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of 7 areas of learning and development. These areas of learning are arranged into two groups, the Prime areas and the Specific areas, when a child starts at pre-school we will initially concentrate on the Prime areas and as the child matures we will begin to incorporate the Specific areas.

More information about the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found at
www.foundationyears.org.uk/…/2015/…/EYFS_Parents_Guide -to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Communication (Prime area)

Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well–stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to be able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. Staff support children with a vast range of activities to build upon their vocabulary and develop their listening skills for future learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional (Prime area)

Children are individually supported in developing confidence, independence and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in activities involving the whole group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults learning to be part of a community. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. They learn the importance of good manors and are supported in developing empathy for their peers and people within the wide community.

Physical (Prime area)

A range of equipment and opportunities allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own body skills. A high level of adult supervision at the Pre-School enables children to safely meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.

Maths (Specific area)

Children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.

Understanding The World (Specific area)

A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also within the wider community. A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.

Expressive arts and design (Specific area)

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and as part of a group.

Literacy (Specific area)

Children are quickly able to identify phonic sounds that are relevant to either themselves or their peers. Registration is used daily to enforce the Jolly Phonic sounds and actions along with rhymes and stories to ensure that by the time children go to their chosen primary school they have a sound knowledge of phonics. First stage reading books are provided to families so parents are able to engage in children’s learning and support early literacy development. Story sacks used with the children provide an understanding of how stories develop, children are encouraged to tell their own ending and use stories in their developing roleplay.

Parent Partnership

At West Wycombe pre-School we like parents to be actively involved with as much of the children’s learning as possible.

Our journey will begin with a home visit from your child’s keyperson and settling in sessions which you are more than welcome to stay for to support your child as they settle.
WOW stickers are provided to parents for you to record your child’s development at home. These are then added in to our own records to build a comprehensive profile of each child’s development. Next steps are decided with you for your child’s learning so that we may work together on each of your child’s developmental goals. Regular meetings allow us to give you lots of information on how we support the children’s learning at staff are always on hand to offer advice and guidance.

Many of our parents come in to the setting to provide a music, dance or sports session for the children or to simply lend a hand on a walk to the library or to enjoy a stay and play session. Parents are invited to join in with many of our activities and trips, the children are always excited to show you the fun we have at Pre-School.