‘The children in early years are happy and confident. They play well together and talk to adults and each other with ease.’
‘The quality of teaching is good. Teachers ably supported by teaching assistants, provide exciting activities and as a result children are keen to start every session.’
The new Early Years outside area allows pupils to use the many resources available to carry out their own learning.
The Early Years environment has a number of different areas including a maths challenge table, a graphics table, a role play area, a bike track as well as a climbing frame and slide.
Learning in the Early Years
The Early Years team ensure that children have the opportunity to take part in activities and experiences to work on the 7 areas of learning:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
Read below for more information about some of the activities and experiences that may be provided in each area of learning.
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.