The Curriculum in our Early Years

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Below is a brief overview of the curriculum:

Personal Social and Emotional Development
Personal Social and Emotional Development is about:
  • having a sense of confidence and positive self esteem
  • promoting and developing independence.
  • developing collaborative skills
  • developing the ability to concentrate
  • fostering perseverance
  • developing an understanding of right and wrong
  • respecting and valuing others
  • developing interests and motivation to be involved in a range of learning opportunities
  • developing relationships with others
Communication and Language Development
Communication and Language  is about the following:
  • understanding and using a range of strategies to communicate thoughts and needs
  • developing the ability to listen to others
  • increasingly understanding language spoken
  • to use language to communicate with others and in a range of situations, individual, large and small groups
     
Physical Development
Phys
ical Development  is about the following:
  • supporting children to take measured risks.
  • developing children’s understanding of the importance of physical exercise.
  • developing children’s understanding about what constitutes a healthy life style.
  • developing children’s fine motor skills through developing large gross motor actions as well as developing dexterity through using such media as play dough and corn flour.
  • developing coordination, agility, balance and skill using a range of resources
     
Literacy
At Coppetts Wood our children are exposed to rich, exciting and challenging literature which extends their reading, early writing and phonological understanding. Children develop their literacy skills using a range of strategies including:
  • using real experiences such as educational visits both locally and wider a field
  • practitioners scribing children’s text
  • sharing real books
  • re-telling familiar stories
  • engaging with parents/carers to share stories/books at home
  • practitioners using aspirational vocabulary in meaningful contexts
  • making their own books
  • writing for a range of purposes; stories, poems, shopping lists, post cards etc
  • targeted story sessions
  • acting out and narrating stories
  • developing children’s early writing skills through meaningful and relevant experiences.
  • fostering an enjoyment of rhyme and alliteration.
  • developing a love of books and stories, read and told
  • learning phonics and applying it in their reading and writing
     
Phonics
  • Having daily phonics sessions
  • Applying their phonics in their reading and writing
  • Listening to and contributing to rhymes and poems.
  • Creating their own poems, songs and stories through use of books and exploration of words
  • Differentiating sounds and later letter sounds.
     
Mathematical Development
Mathematics involves:
  • developing children’s ability to recognise numbers.
  • developing children’s ability in counting through meaningful and relevant experiences.
  • fostering an interest in solving simple calculations, such as subtraction and addition.
  • developing children’s ability to recognise and know some properties of two dimensional and three dimensional shapes.
  • Developing children’s ability to compare and talk about size
  • to understand and create a range of patterns.

Understanding of the World
Understanding of the World is about the following:
  • fostering children’s curiosity.
  • learning about information communication technology such as programming a simple robotic toy, using a CD player and printing and down-loading information from a computer.
  • having an understanding of time and place which could mean learning about such terms as a long time ago, and knowing about the local environment for example how I get to school, where the local shops are and the importance of caring for the environment.
  • developing an understanding and respect for each other including different faiths and cultures
  • experience a range of opportunities to develop an understanding of scientific concepts e.g. melting
     
Expressive Arts and Design
Creative Development  is about the following:
  • providing high quality creative experiences for children to foster both their cognitive and creative skills.
  • providing experiences where children work with a range of media including clay, paint, wood, music and dance
  • developing an understanding of planning, designing and building.
  • promoting imaginative play as a means of not only enabling children to make sense of their world but also to develop their own imagination.
  • recognising that creativity is important in nurturing children’s expressive and cognitive skills.
  • develop children’s ability to use tools e.g. scissors, hammers, saws and tape

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