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In the Early Years we follow the 'Development Matters' curriculum where children are supported to learn through play; click the below link to view a parent-friendly version.

 

Our topics this half term is: 'Express Yourself!'

 

Autumn 1:

This half-term the children will be learning about the value of individuality. They will develop a better understanding of the similarities and differences between themselves and others through listening to stories such as ‘The Family Book’, ‘Pink is for Boys’ and ‘All the Ways to be Smart’, among others. The children will be encouraged to celebrate what makes them unique and talk about their thoughts and feelings, such as what makes them feel proud. They will have the opportunity to express themselves through a range of creative activities such as painting self portraits, playing in our hairdressers role play area and making a collective ‘kindness wreath’. The children will begin to practise drawing and writing their names in their own ‘mark making’ book each week with their Key Person. They will continue to develop their language, social, phonics and maths skills through play and group activities.

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development...

Throughout their pre-school years children should be supported to build relationships, develop self-confidence and self-awareness as well as manage their own feelings and behaviour. These skills are vital for developing positive learning behaviours which will have an impact on learning later in their school life. 

 

Communication and Language Development...

It is said that "reading and writing float on a sea of talk" which is why learning through play to develop better understanding of concepts, widen vocabulary and listen to others is so important in a child's early years. If you would like to support your child's early literacy skills at home then talk to them! Limit screen time, share stories together, sing nursery rhymes, make comments on the world around you and let your child's voice be heard too.

 

Physical Development...

Physical development is a vital part of your child’s learning and will enable them to become confident writers. Physical development sets them up for successful learning later in their school life, which is why we focus on it so heavily within the early years. We support children to develop good:

 

  • Coordination e.g. balancing, throwing and catching, building
  • Strength e.g. climbing, pushing, pulling
  • Independence skills e.g. dressing, undressing, toileting, eating

 

Every week your child will have the opportunity to practise these skills, through a variety of activities including outdoor play, music and movement sessions, 'dough disco' and snack time, among others.

 

 

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