Specific Areas

The Four Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy

"It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together." (EYFS 2021)

With lots of cosy cushions and interesting books and props, the story corner at nursery is one of our children's favourite places to learn and it is rarely unoccupied. Our staff team have taken part in specific literacy training which means we can use lots of different strategies and techniques to nurture a love of stories and rhymes in our children,  and from this spark of interest, help them begin to recognise the sounds that make up words and how they are represented in print.

  • Mathematics

"Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers." (EYFS 2021)

From the moment our children join our setting mathematics is embedded in their play. From counting the number of children at register time, to learning to use language to describe what will happen next in the day's routine, our children become aware of the mathematical patterns that exist in the world around them and develop the skills to describe these patterns using shape and numerical terms. Maths is everywhere!

  • Understanding the World

"Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children's personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them - from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world." (EYFS 2021)

We are so proud of our culturally diverse nursery community and our curriculum is designed to celebrate and foster an understanding of the world our children live in. Through role play, stories and tactile learning experiences we help our children explore the world around them and learn to understand their community. Our ethos is a celebratory one and the children are always delighted to share in the cultural celebrations of their friends, with parties and visits from local groups/parents proving particularly popular.

  • Expressive Arts and Design

"The development of children's artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts." (EYFS 2021)

Our setting is equipped with a wealth of accessible resources and materials for our children to express and communicate their thoughts and feelings. From songs and musical instruments, to fabric, paint and role play costumes, we ensure that we provide a rich and exciting learning environment. We are visited by "Pyjama Drama" each week, giving the children an exciting opportunity to develop their imaginative play.

 

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