3 Development MattersThe Early Years Curriculum gives National Guidance of Expected Development for children from birth to 5 years of age dependent on their age.By the end of the Foundation Stage (end of Reception) some children will be at an Exceeded Level, others will be at the Expected Level and some children may still be at an Emerging Level. (still working towards these expectations)
4 The Foundation StagePreschool accept children when they reach the age of three.(36 months)The Foundation Stage continues to the end of the Reception year.(0-60 months)The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage1 (Y1/Y2) and is consistent with the National Curriculum.
5 Unique ChildEach child is different and we take their Characteristics of Effective learning into consideration when planning activities.Through careful observations, discussions with you and your child we will endeavour to match learning to their individual needs and styles of learning.
6 Foundation Stage Areas of Learning and Development These are also subdivided into different of areas of learning. The Prime Areas focus on the Personal, Social and Emotional Dev’t, which again is broken down into specific aspectsIe making relationship Self confidence & self awareness and managing feelings and behaviour.
7 They identify developing knowledge, skills and understanding. Age RangeDevelopment Matters22-36 monthsInterested in others’ playand starting to join in.Seeks out others to share experiences.Shows affection and concern for people who are special to them.May form a special friendship with another child.30-50monthsShow increasing confidence in new situations.Talk freely about their home and community.Take pleasure in gaining more complex skills.Have a sense of personal identity.40-60+Express needs and feelings in appropriate ways.Have an awareness and pride in self as having own identity and abilities.Each age range has clearly defined expectations for all Areas of Learning.They identify developing knowledge, skills and understanding.Progression is shown by what each child has achieved in the different age ranges.The opposite table shows an example of Personal, Social and Emotional development: Making Relationships
8 Prime and Specific Areas of Learning The curriculum is split into;Prime Areas of LearningThese areas support learning in all other areas and are fundamental throughout their time in Pre-School.Specific Areas of LearningThese include essential skills and knowledge and provide important contexts for learning.
9 Personal, Social & Emotional Development Prime AreasPersonal, Social & Emotional DevelopmentTo develop a strong sense of ‘self’.To develop confidence and self esteem.To encourage children to work together and to work with adults.To manage feelings and behaviour.
10 Prime Areas Physical Development To develop & improve skills in coordination & control.To feel positive & confident about their bodies & keeping healthy.To develop a positive sense of well being.
11 Communication and Language Prime AreasCommunication and LanguageThis is split into:Listening and attentionUnderstandingSpeaking
12 We feel that the Prime Areas of Learning are the most essential areas for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy developmentIt provides for early intervention where necessary
13 Specific Areas of Learning LiteracyReadingExploring booksListening and making senseof storiesRecognising their own name(and others)Beginning to recogniselabels etc in theirenvironmentWritingEarly mark makingName writing
14 Specific Area Mathematics To develop and encourage an understanding of number, space, shape & measures.To develop problem solving, prediction, decision & pattern making skills.All through Exploration and Play
15 Understanding of the World Specific AreasUnderstanding of the WorldThe World-to develop skills that help children to make sense of the world they live in. These form the foundation to later learning in History, Geography, ScienceTechnology & ICT.People and Communities-to give opportunities to explore issues of gender, religion, culture & disability etc.
16 Expressive Art and Design Specific AreasExpressive Art and DesignExploring and using media and materials-to create & express themselves through Art, Music, Dance & imaginative play.To have opportunities & time to explore & develop ideas.Being imaginative- using role play, small world activities and all art and craft work
17 AssessmentFocussed Ongoing Observations (Learning Journals which will be shared with you at the end of every term - your input is greatly valued)Aspects (Beginning and End of Year)
18 Extra Activities Spanish ICT PE Assemblies Church Assemblies Christmas ProductionForest SchoolMusic
19 Topics All About Me Festivals/People Who Help Us Healthy Me Mini BeastsGrowingFavourite Stories/Nursery Rhymes
20 How You Can HelpEncourage your child to come into Pre-School independentlyPLEASE name ALL items of clothing including shoesEncourage your child to be independent when dressing.Encourage healthy Lunch Boxes/School Lunches.Encourage lots of physical outdoor play e.g. ball skills/using large play equipment in the garden, park etc.Speaking and listening activities/interaction.Encourage mark making/ colouring.
21 Foundation Stage UnitEvery Friday afternoon children from Preschool and Reception come together and do a variety of activitiesGardeningCookingPaintingCraftsBikes / BallsMusic
22 Foundation Stage UnitPreschool and reception share resources and activities on a daily basis.We use the role play area, conservatory and kitchen.
23 Children’s NamesYour child is expected to recognise and know their registered name in order to learn to write it at Pre-school.For example if a child’s registered name is Henry but is called Harry.
24 FinallyThank you all for coming this evening. Any questions?