Learning in Preschool
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
We work hard to develop the whole child in Preschool, allowing each individual to make progress across all of their skills. The environment and the learning opportunities that we set up for the children cover this wide range of areas. The EYFS framework covers seven areas of learning:
- personal, social and emotional development
- communication and language
- physical development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
In Preschool, we focus more on some of these key areas than other. For example, we spend a lot of time developing the children’s communication and language skills as opposed to their literacy skills. It’s very important for children of this age to develop their spoken language before they learn to apply this to written language later on. We also focus very much on physical development and personal, social and emotional development. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible in self-care such as using the toilet, putting on their own coats and feeding themselves.
Our indoor and outdoor environment is set up to allow the children to lead their own learning and follow their own interests. At set times of the day, the children are free to choose their own learning opportunities from those set up by the adults in the classroom and outdoor learning environment. This approach also promotes children’s independence and confidence.
At certain times of day, the children are asked to participate in adult-led learning opportunities such as songs, stories and listening activities that work towards developing phonic awareness. There are also focus groups led by adults that work on key skills that we want the children to develop.
Tapestry Online Journal
We take regular observations of each child and share these with you on our online learning journal platform Tapestry. Please do ‘like’ or comment on the observations – we love to know that you are reading and enjoying them. Please also add your own observations of anything your child does at home that you think we’d be interested in or we might not see in school. This might include days out, activities that your child does out of school or new skills that they’ve learned whilst at home with you. Observations from parents and carers add to each child’s learning journal and help build a full picture of that child’s development.