The EYFS is split into seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.
Prime Areas- the foundation for future learning.
Personal Social and Emotional Development (Making relationships. Self confidence & self awareness. Managing feelings & behaviour.)
As at school, the children gather together at the start of the morning and learn to answer their names with a polite 'good morning'. We have one child who is ‘Person of the Day’ who brings in a special object or talks about a special event while the other children are encouraged to listen to this child telling their news. This child is also the special helper of the day and the leader when lining up. At the end of the session one child wins the medal for the day for outstanding behaviour. The mix of age groups is beneficial to all, the older children like to act as big brothers and sisters to the younger children who appreciate this. We encourage respect for others and good manners, the children are expected to say please and thank you, wait until everyone has their snack before they begin and remain at the table until all have finished. Many social skills are practiced during imaginative play when they learn to share and cooperate with each other. The children take responsibility for the toys they have been playing with and help to tidy them up at the end of the morning. They are encouraged to become independent when using the toilet, managing outdoor clothing and caring for their own possessions.
Physical Development (Moving and handling. Health and self-care)
We believe that physical development is very important for the children, especially outdoor play. We have an area indoors where they are able to be more physical and we have our music and movement sessions but we have a fantastic, well equipped outdoor play area. The children are able to practise their motor skills, balance and co-ordination while they run around and play on the large play equipment. They are able to develop their hand eye co-ordination by mark making on the black and white boards as well as playing ball games. The children go outside every day whatever the weather; we have a canopy next to the building so that they can remain dry if the weather is very bad. We are also able to visit the local play park which is just across the road. We aim to instill in the children the importance of a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, fresh air and regular exercise.
We ask parents to send their children with suitable clothing for the weather as appropriate, boots and waterproofs or apply sun protection and provide a sun hat.
Communication and Language (Listening and attention. Understanding. Speaking.)
We encourage a love of books, each week the children share a book in a small group with their Key Person then they choose a book to take home to share with their family. At the end of the morning we have a group story time. The children develop their language skills while playing particularly during role play games. Snack and lunch times are great opportunities for the children to develop their speaking and listening skills at the table with the support of their Key Person.
Literacy (Reading. Writing)
The children learn the alphabet phonetically; they enjoy playing phonics based games. We have a large selection of information and story books for the children to experience. Our mark making area is well stocked with mark making materials to encourage the children to practise pencil control and experiment with making marks on paper to support the development of their writing skills. We encourage them to progress towards writing their own name by the time they move on to school.
We follow each child’s lead and will help them with letter construction and reading if they are ready.
Mathematics (Numbers. Shape, space and measure)
Many of our activities are maths related, such as sand and water play, construction toys, board games, bead threading and puzzles. Our play room is our main maths area, where there are many opportunities for us to encourage the children to practise their skills with numbers, talk about shapes and use mathematical language such as big and little etc. The children also enjoy singing, counting and rhyming songs
Understanding the World (People and communities. The world. Technology.)
The children explore the environment they live in, both man made and natural, we learn about the changing seasons and they enjoy exploring in our ‘muddy corner’, growing their own plants, watching the development of frogs spawn. We join in with events such as ‘Red Nose Day’ which helps the children to learn about others who are less fortunate. The variety of international students in the area whose children often attend the Kindergarten gives us the opportunity to help the children to learn about other cultures and customs. The children use a variety of tools and techniques in their play whether in the art and craft area or digging in the garden. They are able to have experiences in ICT using our lap top, tape recorder, CD player, digital camera and other ICT toys.
We arrange visitors from the community to talk to the children about their jobs, for example, a fire fighter, police officer, lollipop lady or the village caretaker.
We visit Shrivenham Primary School Reception class once each term which gives the children a taste of school life, the Reception class also come to visit us.
Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and using media and materials. Being imaginative)
The children have the opportunity to use play dough, clay, paint, glue, scissors, crayons and a variety of other craft materials. They explore colour, shape and texture and develop their skills in painting, drawing and collage. We have daily musical activities when the children have the opportunity to sing, use instruments and move in time with music. We also include some time for free movement to music and free use of musical instruments.
The children wear aprons for art activities but we ask parents not to send their children to Kindergarten in their best clothes in case they are damaged.