At Kippax Greenfield, we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are interconnected. The children have time and freedom to become deeply involved in the activities and their learning.
Areas of Learning
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication & Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
These areas are delivered throughout our curriculum units and linked closely together. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.
The Reception Class has its own outdoor area used all year round in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together.
Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play, children can be inquisitive, creative, questioning and experimental and will learn at their highest level. Playing with their peers is important for children’s development.
Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. The adults model play and play sensitively with the children fitting in with their plans and ideas. The children are encouraged to try new activities and judge risks for themselves. We talk to them about how we get better at things through effort and practice and that we can all learn when things go wrong. They practice and build up ideas learning how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own.
In EY we ensure each child is provided with enough time to master a concept and develop their fluency and reasoning skills. Children are provided with a variety of mathematical concepts both in targeted and independent play. They are encouraged to answer questions in order to deepen their mathematical understanding. Each school year begins by developing the concepts and skills needed, that have the most connections and opportunities for consolidation throughout the year. Once a new concept has been introduced it is applied and connected to many other areas of mathematics and within each area of learning.
In EY Literacy is taught through a set of core texts and daily phonic/handwriting sessions. The Letters and Sounds programme is followed and is also supported by Phonics Bug and Jolly Phonics. As the year progresses, children are encouraged to complete a targeted activity as well as accessing Literacy provision in each area. In September listening, attention, understanding and speaking skills are developed so this can then aid their writing at a later stage. Whole Class Reading and Book Talk is introduced in Autumn 2 and this is linked to ‘The Write Way’ approach. As the children develop their physical and Literacy skills they will use ‘Fantastics’ to scaffold their writing.