Early Years (Age 2–5)
At Brackenfield the national Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is taught to all children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. They start to follow this curriculum in the Pre-Nursery/Nursery through to the Reception Year.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven key areas of learning: 3 prime, 4 specific areas.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Learning to co-operate and work together. Developing self-esteem. Developing concentration and persistence to complete tasks. Being motivated and willing to learn. Learning to be independent. Developing good manners.
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
Talking, listening, extending vocabulary, developing communication skills.
Developing and practising fine and gross motor skills, understanding how their bodies work and how to keep healthy and safe.
Exploring words and texts in a variety of contexts, using a variety of books.
Developing an understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Experimenting, planning, finding out about the environment, about its people and places, and ICT equipment.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
Providing the children with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feeling through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative role-play activities.
An Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is completed for every child as they progress through to the Early Learning goals. These profiles are discussed with parents.
Most children successfully complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum by the end of the Reception year. Often children are able to move onto Key Stage One of the National Curriculum whilst still in the Reception class.