Early Years Foundation Stage Revised Curriculum has been implemented since September 2012. More information is given at induction evenings and during children’s centre sessions. There are four important themes central to early learning:
A Unique Child recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person. The focus is centered on respect, partnership with parents supporting learning and the role of the key person.
Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development recognizes that children learn in different ways and at different rates and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. There are three prime areas
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
and four specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive art and design
Details of these are shown in the children’s learning journeys. All areas are delivered through carefully planned, purposeful play with a balance of child initiated and adult led activities. We plan to follow children’s interests as well as develop new pathways by making joint observations of the children, both at home (by yourselves) and by us in the setting. We continue our conversation about your child’s learning and development journey throughout their time at Highfield.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The ways in which your child engages with other people and the environment – playing, exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support your child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
At Highfield this is a priority; Young children need to feel safe and secure and they also need to be motivated. Children need to have access to a stimulating learning environment which will encourage them to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experience. We believe it is essential to view the outdoor and indoor area as one learning environment. Therefore the children have opportunities for uninterrupted play and to select activities both indoors and out. Many of the children choose to play outside and opportunities are replicated in and out. Children create, do number work, write and investigate across the environment. It is essential that they are comfortable and we ask that you choose play clothing suitable for both indoors and outside.
When the children are playing they may get messy but this is how they learn!
We have a wealth of information available at nursery on each of the curriculum areas. If you would like any information on any part of the curriculum, please ask your child's teacher.
The following ideas are to help you support your child’s learning whilst at home:
Ideas to support Communication, Language and Literacy at home:
- Looking at print in the environment – from road signs to shampoo bottles. Your child can then see that print is purposeful and conveys meaning.
- Looking at books together; including non-fiction books about topics that interest your child. If they are ready, encourage your child to ‘read’ the story – encouraging them to tell you what is happening from the pictures.
- Make a book together: Take photographs and make a scrap book of a special event or holiday. You could also make an alphabet scrap book
Ideas to support Mathematics at home:
- Singing number rhymes such as Five Currant Buns, Five Little Ducks or Ten Green Bottles
- Solving problems - How many cups of water to fill the teapot
- 'Talk Maths'. Use mathematical language such as more/less in everyday tasks
- Measuring out ingredients for cooking
- Helping with the shopping
- Water play at bath time - filling and emptying a range of containers
What could you do at home to help promote creativity?
- Collect natural materials to make pictures and collages.
- Mix cornflour and a small quantity of water to make ‘gloop’
- Play a variety of music types and dance
- Make instruments out of household utensils and make some noise!