The curriculum - learning through play
At Bossingham Pre-school we believe that children learn and develop skills best when they are relaxed and happy. Each child is unique and will have his/her own strengths, interests and needs. The staff nurture each individual child at their own pace and recognise when to support and when to set challenges to further their development. The children spend a great deal of their time playing and it is through this play and other activities that the staff find opportunities to develop individual knowledge, skills and understanding.
Play is an integral part of the curriculum and has a purpose. Every game and aspect of play is an important and valuable learning experience.
Many of the games and activities planned involve developing early writing skills, sharing books and developing early mathematical and scientific concepts.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework concentrates on 3 prime areas that children should develop first. These are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are the most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design.
At Bossingham pre-school we use these seven areas to plan the children's learning and activities. The curriculum is designed to be very flexible so that staff can follow each child's unique needs and interests.
The two year progress check
When your child reaches the age of around 30 months, the staff working with your child will carry out a progress check. This is a written summary of how your child is progressing in the three prime areas of learning. This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and any where they might need extra help or support – and how mums and dads and other family members or carers can work with the key person to help.
The EYFS 7 areas of learning and development
and examples of activities our children might do at pre-school:
Communication & language
Singing songs, show and tell, listening to visitors, role play, communicating whilst exploring their environment, talking with other children, using signing in certain activities, listening and concentrating, using puppets.
Climbing, throwing and catching balls and bean bags, hoopla, parachute games, music and movement, 'Write Dance' programme, encouraging awareness of safety and ways to stay healthy, developing fine motor skills through cutting and sticking, planting seeds, riding bikes, using construction toys.
Personal, social & emotional development
Role play, games involving turn-taking, encouraging sharing and friendships, developing confidence through speaking in front of staff and children, displaying children's work to promote self esteem, developing independence through preparing and serving their own food, using low level toilets, dressing up.
Hearing and responding to stories, songs and poems, sharing books, using stencils, mark making – using pens, paint, chalks etc to draw and write symbols and patterns, following instructions and sequencing events.
Activities and songs involving counting – e.g. hopscotch, skittles, playing with shapes, number sorting games, exploring volume and measuring through cooking and sand and water play.
Understanding the world
Projects involving our local community, developing awareness of cultural diversity, using microscopes to look at insects, discussions about how things work, looking at shadows, planting and growing vegetables.
Expressive arts & design
Painting, play dough, junk modeling, puppet theatre, role play, collage, exploring a range of materials, singing action songs, playing musical instruments, imaginative play using 'small world' toys.