All work in EYFS is linked to topics and themes surrounding the 7 areas of learning that make up the Early Years and Foundation Stage. Therefore all subject-specific skills, such as Numeracy and Literacy, are tied in with the themes for each month.
The general headings of each theme will form just a part of what the children will learn. Further educational focus will be determined by the pupils’ interests and needs and will be decided through weekly brainstorming sessions with the girls. The length of each topic will be fluid and based on the pupils’ interest and involvement.
The amount of time spent on each key principle is variable, depending on the needs of the
pupils; however, it is approximately six to seven periods a week.
The Foundation Stage 7 areas of learning:
Purposeful Play is a very important feature of the Foundation Stage. Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them to make sense of the world. Play also allows flexibility for child initiated activities, which build on children’s natural curiosity and creativity.
Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) are considered of paramount importance throughout the Preparatory Department, along with a Spiritual, Moral, Cultural focus within lessons. The key principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage for Personal, Social and Emotional Development form the basis of key lessons taught during lesson time, along with relevant aspects of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), with constant consideration still given to the five key aims of Every Child Matters.1 However, at Malvern St James many Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and PSHE aspects are also highlighted, modelled and developed throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in individual or small group speech lessons, individual or small group learning support lessons and the Reading and Handwriting Schemes. Wherever possible, pupils are not removed from formal lessons for learning support or extra-curricular activities. Reception pupils may also participate in the varied and extensive extra-curricular programmes run at lunchtimes and after school.
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