At Bankfoot Primary we are mindful of our responsibility for children's welfare and the delivery of the curriculum. We combine the experience, knowledge and expertise of our staff with the expectations of the Early Years Foundation Stage and our knowledge of children's prior experience and interests to ensure we explore all possible directions of learning with the aim to provide every child with the best possible start to their learning journey.
We adopt a topic based approach to deliver a creative curriculum to stimulate and enthuse children's natural desire and inclination to learn and also to create explicit links with any previous knowledge which has be proven to help facilitate embedded learning.
In Nursery and in Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of seven areas of learning that are unpinned by the four principles highlighted above. They are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- This area focuses on developing children's self esteem and a positive attitude to learning. Children are encouraged to show respect for others and develop an understanding about the beliefs and cultures of others. Social skills are developed through games and group activities.
- Physical Development
- This area focuses on both fine motor skills, such as pencil control and gross motor skills, such as jumping. Children are provided with opportunities to develop co-ordination, balance and body control. This is supported by an understanding of the importance of exercise and making healthy food choices.
- Communication and Language
- This area focuses on developing children's understanding and speaking and listening skills. Children are provided with opportunities to develop confidence in communicating and listening. A language rich environment provides children with a wide range of vocabulary.
- This area includes reading and writing. Children develop an understanding of the link between letters and sounds and how this can be extended into reading and writing.
- This area includes number and shape, space and measure. Children's mathematical understanding is developed through rhymes, songs and games. Problem solving skills are encouraged by the use of real-life experiences.
- Understanding the World
- This area focuses around supporting children in developing knowledge and skills that develop their understanding of the world around them. Children are encouraged to use all their senses and through first hand experiences, children are provided with opportunities to explore, investigate, observe, predict and discuss.
- Expressive Arts and Design
- This are includes art, music, dance and imaginative play. Children are encouraged to develop their creativity and share thoughts, ideas and feelings through various art media, movement to music and role play.