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Development Matters

Throughout their time in Early Years Foundation Stage (including their pre-school and reception years), planning, observation and assessment of your child will be carried out by the early years team using the Development Matters document.  This outlines the key skills and learning outcomes for each age and stage of development in the 7 areas of learning.  In EYFS these will be developed through continuous provision and directed teaching.

Please see the following link for the full Development Matters document .

Writing Non-Negotiables 

 

     Pre School:

  • To use a pencil to make patterns
  • To move my arm in an anticlockwise motion and to draw in an anticlockwise motion
  • To hold my pencil using the correct pencil grip

 

Reception

  • To be able to say a sentence out loud
  • To use finger spaces when writing a sentence
  • To hold my pencil using the correct pencil grip
  • To form all of my lower case letters correctly with a lead in
  • To form the capital letters T, I and A
                                Maths Non-Negotiables 

 

     Pre School:

  • To talk about numbers in the enviroment and numbers that are special to me
  • To use everyday language to describe shape and measures

 

Reception

  • To write numbers to 10 correctly
  • To count using 1:1 correnspondence to 20
  • To find one more or one less than a given number up to 20
  • To understand the vocabulary lots of, groups of, equal and share equally
  • To use the language half/halving in a practical activity

Term 2 Curriculum Newsletter

Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery / Reception) is for children aged three to five years old and is the first stage of their education. The key focus during this part of the national curriculum is on teaching them routine and easing them into the idea of learning in a structured environment. A lot of the activities your child will undertake will be play-based, with more formal teaching not starting until they begin Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2).

What is in the Foundation Stage?

The Foundation Stage was introduced in the 90s and a more experimental and play-based form of learning was brought in following lengthy research. This may be very different from your experience of starting school. The Foundation Stage recognises that children need to be able to use concrete experiences to provide the building blocks for their learning, so with that in mind it utilises play, modelling, painting, investigating and cooking as the mediums for learning.

What subjects will my child learn about?

There are seven learning areas for children at the Foundation Stage:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  •  Physical development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design
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