Curriculum

The curriculum of our pre-school children consists of six areas of learning required by Ofsted, the government inspecting body. These areas are -

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development

We give priority to personal and social, language and literacy and mathematical development as required by Ofsted.

Personal and Social Development

We aim to –

  • Encourage taking turns and sharing
  • Encourage children to relate and be sensitive to other cultures and beliefs
  • Encourage confidence and self respect
  • Encourage concentration and perseverance
  • Encourage children to take initiative
  • Encourage personal independence e.g. washing hands, putting on a coat
  • Encourage children to behave appropriately and to know the difference between right and wrong
  • Encourage children to respond to their emotions
Language and Literacy

This programme is divided into listening, talking, writing, phonics and reading. We aim to encourage children to -

Listen -
  • Listen to stories, songs, music, rhymes and poems
  • Listen to instructions
  • Listen to adults and other children
  • Answer questions after listening to a story
Talk -

  • Talk to other children and adults
  • Talk about their thoughts and their experiences
  • Make up stories
  • Enjoy imaginative play
  • Act out stories read to them
  • Work with language cards
Write -

We encourage the children to express themselves by developing early writing. We also encourage children with letter formations and writing patterns as well as using our hand gym.

Phonics -

We teach the children the sounds the letters make through the phonics programme.

Reading -

To encourage reading we concentrate on a variety of pre-reading activities, which include -

  • Lotto games
  • Matching pictures and words
  • Sequencing
  • Flash cards
  • Recognizing names and familiar words
  • Sharing story books
  • Our reading schemes are spiral starters and 123 and away
Mathematical Development

To help develop mathematical skills we provide practical activities, which lead to the understanding of -

  • One to one correspondence
  • Sequencing and matching
  • Sorting
  • Pattern making
  • Estimating
  • Comparing and ordering
  • Counting
  • Recognizing and understanding of numbers
  • Writing numbers
  • Money, measurement, space, shape and time
Knowledge and Understanding of the World -

To achieve development in this area we provide activities and disscussion time to cover-

  • The children’s families
  • Their environment
  • Past and present events in children’s lives
  • Studying living things
  • Studying natural and man made objects
  • Studying patterns and change, similarities and differences
  • Observation
  • Understanding why things happen and how they work
  • Construction using a variety of materials
  • Understanding of technology using the computer
Physical Development -

In order to develop children’s gross movements and their fine manipulative skills, we provide a range of activities –

  • Movement to music
  • Balancing and climbing
  • Running, jumping, hopping and skipping
  • Throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing using balls and bean bags
  • Riding bicycles
  • Construction using soft malleable materials and toys
  • Cutting, sticking and threading
  • Buttons, laces and zips
Creative Development -

In order to develop children’s creativity we give them many opportunities to -

  • Listen to sounds and a variety of musical instruments
  • Make and explore music using musical instruments and percussion
  • Explore music through dance and movement
  • Use their imagination in role play, dressing up and imaginative play
  • Investigate colour, textures, shapes and fabrics
  • Explore printing, drawing and modelling

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