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Year R - The Wagtails

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The Seven Areas of Learning

here are seven areas of learning and development that shape the Early Years Curriculum.  All areas of learning and development are important and co dependent.  Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The Three Prime Areas

Communication and Language (CL)

Listening and Attention, Understanding, Speaking

We give children opportunities to experience a rich language

environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in different situations.

How you can support your child at home:

· Help your child to retell stories or recall events that have happened to them.

· Encouraging them to speak in full sentences.

Physical Development (PD)

Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care

We teach children to move in a controlled and co-ordinated way on both a large and small scale.  We also encourage, with activities, the development of their fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors or painting with a paint brush.  We also teach them the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, how to dress and undress and manage their own personal hygiene.

How you can support your child at home:

· Practise co-ordination with ball games, bats and balls, hop scotch, skipping etc..

· Discuss healthy items you are placing in their lunchboxes and practise dressing and undressing.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Self Confidence and Self Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Making Relationships

In reception children learn to become more independent.  We also encourage and teach children  to be more confident, to take turns and share as part of a group.  The children are also taught to

become more aware and take into account other’s feelings as well as their own.

How you can support your child at home:

· Playing games that involve taking turns.

The Four Specific Areas

Literacy (L)

Reading and Writing

Children are taught to read and spell by learning phonemes (sounds) through the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. We also teach children about the importance of different elements that make up a story such as main character and sequence of events. We help children to hold a pencil correctly and how to turn their mark making into recognisable letters.

How you can support your child at home:

· Reading with them at least 3 times a week.

· Encourage your child to help you write things such as shopping lists

· Writing their own name in birthday and Christmas cards.

Mathematics (M)

Number and Shape, Space and Measures

In reception children learn to recognise and count up to 20 and further when ready. We also teach them simple addition and subtraction through songs and games. The children learn about shape and position and begin to use mathematical language such as smaller and heavier.

How you can support your child at home:

· Count everyday objects.

· Recognise numerals for example house numbers, road signs, telephone numbers etc.

Understanding the World (UW)

People and Communities, The World and Technology

We learn to explore our surroundings using all of our senses, look at different cultures, places and find out about different times and events.

How you can support your child at home:

· Encourage questioning about the world around them.

· Observe and talk about their surroundings.

Creative Development (CD)

Exploring and using media and materials,

Being imaginative. 

We explore a range of creative materials. We also use role play, dance and music to develop the children's imagination.

How you can support your child at home:

· Explore different media such as playdough, clay, paint etc

· Encourage role play of favourite stories, plays and films.

Outdoor Learning

In reception we are very lucky to have a well resourced outdoor area.  The children are able to free flow both indoors and outdoors throughout the day to enable them to access all the different resources and learning opportunities we have to offer.  We also offer the children regular opportunities to use our bikes and scooters on the infant   playground. 

Woodland Sessions

The children have regular opportunities to visit our woodland area where they take part in activities, which include:

· Den and shelter building

· Climbing and exploring

· Collecting natural objects

· Making homes for animals

· Hunting for minibeasts

· Mud or clay sculptures and pictures

· Natural crafts

When we are unable to visit the woods we use our beautiful school grounds and surrounding areas instead. 

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