We have an Integrated Montessori approach in our beautiful Nursery. Babies and toddlers are exposed to exploration and finding things out for themselves using their senses and sensory experiences daily. The pre-school room is set up to integrate Montessori learning with a wide range of materials supporting children to reach their fullest potential.
We have an overview of experiences that we plan for our children each term. Our current term's overview is below. Around these themes, children's own interests are followed and nurtured.
Autumn Term 2020 overview
The Early Years Curriculum
This covers the period from Birth to the end of Year R.
Our work with our youngest children is guided by four principles:
- The Unique Child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and Development
The characteristics of effective learning are:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
The Early Years curriculum is planned around the seven Prime and Specific areas of development.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This prime area focuses on supporting children's sense of confidence and independence, helping them to feel good about themselves and teaching them to get along with others.
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
- Making relationships
- Manging feelings and behaviour
Communication and Language
This prime area focuses on children being able to focus attention and listen.
- Listening and Attenetion
This prime area underpins all other areas of learning. movement supports the growth of the brain and nervous system and is involved therefore in all aspects of development.
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Self-care
This specific area covers Reading and Writing.
This specific area is a hands-on, practical and exploratory area of learning using exciting , stimulating and real objects that the children can explore, count, talk about and move.
- Shape and Space and Measures
Understanding of the World
This specific area focuses on the beginnings of history, geography, science and technology and covers:
- People and communities
- The World
Expressive Arts and Design
In this specific area there is a strong focus on children's experiences of exploring and learning through their own creative expression and covers:
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being Imaginative
Our Early Years practitioners provide the children with freedom within a structured environment. This allows the children to develop their skills within a range of teacher-led and self-chosen activities. A range of records and observations are kept of each child and next steps are used to continually take each child's learning forward.
To find out more about the EYFS curriculum, please go to the Department for Education website at www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage