Curriculum

The Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in Early Years settings. The children will work towards these until the end of their reception year.

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.   At Pre-School and Nursery we are laying the foundations for children’s future learning through a balance of child initiated and adult initiated play. In addition to the activities we provide, we make visits to other places of interest to extend children’s experiences. We also invite various specialists and visitors into school to support our teaching and learning. Parents are always welcome to come into school and take part in their child’s learning and to share special skills they may have!

Communication & Language

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Listening and attention: Children will learn to listen to each other and adults in a range of situations. Staff will support children to …

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Moving and handling skills: Children will be offered numerous opportunities to develop control and …

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. Making relationships: Kingswood provides a happy, safe and secure …

Literacy

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Reading skills: Children will be supported to develop a love of books and be able to talk …

Maths

Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to expand and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. Numbers: Children will learn to count accurately, using one to one correspondence, and gain an understanding of what amounts of numbers mean. Children will …

Understanding the World

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. People and communities: Children will talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will gain …

Expressive Arts & Design

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. Exploring and using media and materials: Children will …