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Foundation Stage Areas of Learning

EYFS Areas of Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum covers seven ‘Areas of Learning’, consisting of three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ’Specific Areas’. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The curriculum also develops the three key characteristics of effective learning: playing, active learning, creating and thinking critically. These areas of learning and key characteristics are used to plan activities for the children based on their individual development, interest and learning needs.

The areas of learning are delivered through a combination of planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated independent activities, and some small group work. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors. Each half term topic and key texts are chosen to develop skills and understanding in each of the seven areas. 

 

The seven Areas of Learning:

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This areas focuses on developing children’s positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

Communication & Language
Children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking, listening and understanding must be supported. Children are given the opportunity to practice these skills in a range of different situations.

Physical Development
The skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement are addressed through physical development activities. Children also learn about the importance of keeping healthy through exercise, good health and hygiene.

Literacy
Children will be learning how to read and write simple sentences using a range of reading and writing skills. A good understanding of phonics will help your child to read and write with greater confidence and fluency.

Mathematics
Children will be learning to use numbers from 0-20 and have an understanding of numbers beyond this range. They will be learning how to solve simple problems such as doubling, halving, addition and subtraction. They will also explore properties of shape, space and measures.

Understanding the World
Children will explore objects, places and materials using their senses. They will identify similarities and differences and explain their learning using their observations and experiences. Children will also have the opportunity to use a variety of technology and understand its everyday uses.

Expressive Arts & Design
Children will learn songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They will learn to safely use a variety of tools and techniques. They will represent their ideas through role play and stories.

 

RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World through the aspect of People and Communities.

 

 

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