development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the
moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps
children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with activities
that are planned related to their own interests as well as being appropriate
for their age and stage of development.
Explorers follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, revised in
September 2012. It consists of seven areas of learning: three prime areas and
four specific areas.
Prime Area -
Personal, Social and Emotional
a nurturing environment, children are individually supported to develop
confidence, independence and a desire to explore. Children learn to value and
respect themselves and others.
Prime Area - Communication and Language
the setting children are encouraged to use language for communicating and thinking,
whilst involvement in small group sessions focuses on attention, understanding and
developing their vocabulary and fluency. Children can listen and join in with stories,
rhymes, sing songs or explore rhythm and sound. A cosy book corner gives every
child the opportunity to become familiar with books. Each half-term we choose
two focus books, sharing these regularly and undertaking related activities, eg
designing characters or making resources to aid the retelling.
Prime Area - Physical Development
range of equipment and opportunities, both inside and outside, allows children
to develop confidence and enjoyment of their own physical skills. A very high level
of adult supervision enables children to safely create and meet physical
challenges, developing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. Children
are supported in the development of the gross and fine motor skills needed to
use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with
increasing control and precision.
Specific Area - Mathematics
adult-supported play children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering,
and counting activities all of which form the basis for early mathematics. As
they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical
problems, children are assisted to learn and use mathematical vocabulary, within
the concepts of shape, position, size, volume and number. (e.g. weighing
ingredients to make porridge for the three bears or counting out the plates we
need for lunch) Children will also have daily opportunities to engage with
songs, games and books to aid awareness of number sequences and early addition
and subtraction problems.
Specific Area - Understanding the World
will be encouraged to explore features of objects and substances, using all of
their senses. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their
environment, both within the group and the wider community. They will develop
an understanding of the cultures and beliefs of others and learn that people
speak different languages. Children will begin to program a simple toy, record
activities using cameras, videos and microphones.
Specific Area - Expressive Arts and Design
are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to express their own ideas and
feelings, and develop their imaginations. A permanent creative area allows children to design and
make models/pictures as well as explore textures and a wide variety of materials. Children join in with and respond to music and
stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both
individually and as part of a group.
Specific Area - Literacy
support children’s natural curiosity of written language and reading through
our literacy friendly environments. We use written words and signs to support
our learning environment, We follow a ‘Write Dance’ movement program which combines
music, movement and materials to develop gross motor skills, for example,
making circles or squiggles in shaving foam. Opportunities for mark making are
available throughout the setting, both inside and out. Older children are
encouraged to participate in ‘Letters and Sounds’ activities, focusing on
rhyming games, exploring sounds in words and the environment.