The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four themes:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
Each theme is linked to an important principle:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in Early Years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter connected.
The three prime areas of learning are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
Practitioners must also support children in four the specific areas, which are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We use these seven areas of learning as a framework to plan our curriculum in Nursery and Reception.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised:
As of September 2021, we implemented this brand new Phonics Scheme of Work here at Aragon. We have been amazed by the positive impact it has had on our Early Reading skills and we are delighted to be continuing to follow it next year. You can take a look at the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds website parents page for a sneaky look at what your child will be doing in their phonics sessions.
Maths No Problem:
Here at Aragon we have been following the Maths No Problem Scheme of Work for a number of years successfully. As of September 2021, a Maths No Problem Early Years Scheme of Work was released and we are very excited to be following it. Maths No Problem uses a spiral approach to ensure depth of learning and a secure understanding of key mathematical concepts.
Please take a look at the Maths No Problem website.