White Tree Preschool, Westbury Park Methodist Church, 4 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB
Tel: 07804 269289
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE:
During your child’s time at preschool, they will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.
• Personal social and emotional development - This area is about emotional well- being, knowing who you are and where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
• Communication and language - This area includes communication, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes, and developing understanding.
• Physical development – this area is about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. It is about children gaining confidence, feeling the benefits of being healthy and active and using all of their senses to learn about the world around them.
These prime areas are those 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 areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.
• Literacy – This area helps children develop the skills they will need for reading and writing.
• Mathematics - This area includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures.
• Understanding the world - In this area children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography and information and communication technology (ICT).
• Expressive Arts and Design - This area includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding and represent their experiences in a variety of media.
How does your child learn?
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
The revised EYFS looks at how children learn - the ways in which they engage with other people and their environment. These qualities (engagement, motivation and thinking) underpin all learning and development and support children in becoming effective and motivated learners.
Playing and Exploring (Engagement) -
Finding out and exploring; Playing with what they know; Being willing to ‘have a go’.
Active Learning (motivation ) -
Being involved and concentrating; Keeping on trying; Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and Thinking Critically (thinking ) -
Having their own ideas; Making links; Choosing ways to do things