Skills for Life
Here at Chantry we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2012). Our children learn through their interests and needs from the topics listed below (Reception only). Through this curriculum we encourage our children to: play and explore, be active learners and be creative and critical thinkers.
Term 1 and 2: Something about us.
Term 3 and 4: Once upon a time.
Term 5 and 6: All Creatures Great and Small.
There are seven areas of learning which include the three prime areas: Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development and the four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Each area of learning has an end of year expectation, called the Early Learning Goal. Please see below for a more detailed explanation.
PSED: Making relationships
In this area of learning we support children to make positive relationships with each other and the adults around them. Through small group work or child initiated time, children are supported in turn taking and sharing.
PSED: Self-confidence and self-awareness
In this area of learning we support children by providing them with exciting experiences and activities. Your child might come home at the end of the day talking about their ‘challenge’. We encourage children to celebrate their successes with others. We encourage you to share your child’s success at home by completing the WOW leaves or uploading observations onto our Tapestry app.
PSED: Managing feelings and behaviour
In this area of learning we encourage children to contribute to following our school Recipe (Respect, Excellence, Cooperation, Independence, Perseverance, and Enjoyment). We help children to understand the difference between right and wrong, using our ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour system.
Communication and Language: Listening and Attention
In this area of learning we help children develop these important skills daily by play listening games and listening to stories and songs. You can help your child at home by playing games like Simon Says.
Communication and Language: Understanding
In this area of learning we help children develop by giving them opportunities to think about their answers or share their ideas with a partner before they share them with an adult or the class. Children use stories to develop their predicting skills by thinking about ‘what happens next?’
Communication and language: Speaking
In this area of learning we help children develop by encouraging language through the retelling of stories and familiar songs. Through adult modelling we encourage children to extend their vocabulary by using different words, for example, delicious instead of nice or massive instead of big.
Physical development: Moving and Handling
In this area of learning we help children develop by teaching them how to use tools safely, eg, scissors. We develop children’s pencil grips by doing daily fine motor and gross motor sessions. The children have access to the outside learning environment at during child initiated sessions, in all weathers
Physical development: Health and self-care
In this area of learning we help children develop by encouraging children to be independent dressers. You can help your child with this by teaching them to put on their own uniform in the morning and getting undressed in the afternoon. We promote a healthy lifestyle by having healthy snacks available for children. Water and milk are available at all times and weekly P.E sessions are taught by our specialist P.E. teacher.
In this area of learning we help children to develop by promoting a love of reading. Children will bring home a variety of books to share with you at home. Please take 10 minutes a day to read these book with your child and write in their reading record book. Your child will have a daily phonics sessions using Letter and Sounds. This involves learning their letter sounds, blending sounds to make words and later on writing a simple sentence related to the book that they have read.
In this area of learning we help children to develop by promoting a love of writing through play activities such as writing menus, labelling models and writing cards. Please take 10 minutes a day to practice writing letter sounds. Your child will have a daily Literacy lesson. This involves writing their sounds (handwriting), writing their initial sounds, writing labels or writing a simple sentence related to the book that they have read.
In this area of learning we help children to develop by counting daily. We apply mathematical skills to real life situations e.g “how many carrots are left in the bowl?” Children are encouraged to mark make to record their own maths learning including making up their own number stories. Children will be taught to read and write numbers and put numbers into order to 20.
Mathematics: Shape and space
In this area of learning we help children to develop by recognising shapes in the environment for example, going on a shape hunt. We help children learn shape names and talk about what is special about the shape.
Understanding the world: People and communities
In this area of learning we help children to develop by helping them to understand their family routines and how these are similar and different from others.
Understanding the world: The World
In this area of learning we help children to develop by understanding the world around them. They learn about their school and the wider community. We visit local places like the Gurdwira, our Local Park and local farms.
Understanding the World: Technology
In this area of learning we help children to develop by understanding how things work. Children have regular access to a computer and the interactive whiteboard in their class. The children also use the school laptops.
Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials
In this area of learning we help children by encouraging them to explore a range of materials, e.g junk modelling, paint and corn flour. Children talk about their work and talk about the changes that they observe.
Expressive arts and design: Being imaginative
In this area of learning we help children to gain confidence in being imaginative through role play. We regularly encourage children to move creatively to music.