Fundamental Stategies for Learning
- We follow the EYFS curriculum pitched at an accessible level to all children.
- Planning for teaching and learning will be matched to the children’s individual abilities, competencies and interests. Not all children will have the same experiences.
- Learning will therefore be child-led. Concepts and Elements are a springboard for ideas but learning will follow their interests. Planning for lessons is therefore flexible.
- The learning environment is active and functions as an additional teacher. A planned range of opportunities provided inside and outside allow children to achieve in all areas of the curriculum.
- Indoor and outdoor areas are of equal importance and should be regarded as one continuous classroom in which the children will learn.
Principles of the EYFS Curriculum:
1) Every child is unique, constantly learning and can be resilient, confident, capable and self-assured.
2) Children learn strength and independence through positive relationships
3) Children learn best and develop best in enabling environments, child led with relationships between carers and parents.
4) Children develop and learn in different ways and at different speeds. (Stage not Age)
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The curriculum is divided into seven learning areas and these are further divided into seventeen areas altogether.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These are called the prime areas:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development
(Making Relationships, Self Confidence, Managing Feelings & Behaviours).
2) Physical Development
(Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care)
3) Communication and Language
(Listening and Attention, Speaking and Understanding)
At PBS we initially focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability throughout their time in the FSU.
The specific areas, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied, are:
(Numbers, Space, Shape & Measures)
6) Understanding the World
The World, People & Communities, Technology)
7) Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring Media & Materials, Being Imaginative).