The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.
There are three prime areas:
-Communication and Language
-Personal and Social Development
Plus, the other areas of:
-Literacy (Reading, Writing)
-Understanding the World
-Expressive Arts and Design.
In Nursery we particularly focus on the three prime areas, as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning.
As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
Communication and Language
This area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.
Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others and asking and answering simple questions.
This area involves Moving and Handling and Health and self-care.
Examples of learning within this area include: using simple one handed tools such as a paintbrush or pencil, throwing and catching a ball, using climbing equipment and being able to manage their own toileting needs.
Personal and Social Development
This area involves developing Self-confidence and Awareness, Feelings and Behaviour and Making relationships.
Examples of learning in this particular area include: children developing in confidence, beginning to understand how to manage their feelings and forming friendships with their peers.
This area involves Reading and Writing.
This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about People and Communities, The World and Technology
Children will talk about their own families and local area, changes that they have noticed and they will also begin to use simple equipment or computer programs.
Expressive arts and design
This area involves learning about Media and Materials and Being Imaginative
Children can express themselves selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach R.E.
The topics are: Myself, Welcome, Birthday, Celebrating, Gathering, Growing, Good News, Friends and Our World.
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
How to help at home
You can support your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:
- Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; reading and sharing the class library text sent home and by visiting the local library.
- Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
- Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
- counting everyday items such as biscuits or solving simple problems like sharing out food.