The Personal, Social and Emotional Development programme we offer our children provides diverse experiences and exceptional support which leads our children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
The Communication and Language programme supports and extends our children’s learning and competence when communicating, speaking and listening with both adults and their peers.
The Physical Development educational programme encourages the physical development of our children through the provision of opportunities to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement.
The Literacy Programme we offer all children is outstanding and involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.
The Mathematics programme is rich and exciting and our children develop their understanding of this area of learning in a broad range of contexts through which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.
The Expressive Arts and Design educational programme is designed to extend children’s creativity through the provision of outstanding support for their curiosity, exploration and play.
The Understanding of the World educational programme fully supports children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world.
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Finding out & exploring
This is when children use open-ended, hands on experiences which arise from curiosity. These provide the basis on which the child builds concepts, tests ideas and finds out how things work:
• Showing curiosity about objects, events and people
• Using senses to explore the world around them
• Engaging in open-ended activity
• Showing particular interests
Playing with what they know
This refers to how a child uses imaginative play to understand, explore and embed ideas. Children use imaginative play to re-create experiences:
• Pretending objects are things from their experience
• Representing their experiences in play
• Taking on a role in their play
• Acting out experiences with other people
Being willing to have a go
This is when children use their particular interests to initiate activity ideas, look for challenges and opportunities within new experiences and to take risks. Children demonstrate a ‘have a go’ attitude and use new opportunities to learn:
• Initiating activities
• Seeking challenge
• Showing a ‘can do’ attitude
• Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error
Having their own ideas
This is when children use their imagination and creativity to take on challenges and explore how problems could be solved and how their ideas can be implemented. Being creative is more than arts and design and is a core aspect of the thinking process. It is about children generating their own ideas creatively by the use of their imagination.
• Thinking of ideas
• Finding ways to solve problems
• Finding new ways to do things
Playing with what they already know
When children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to a new and better understandings and ways of doing things. Children link and develop concepts to different activities – making connections. It is also how children develop an understanding of sequences, cause and effect and how they build on these thoughts through description and scientific thoughts.
• Making links and noticing patterns in their experiences
• Making predictions
• Testing their ideas
• Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect
Choosing ways to do things
This is when children make choices and decisions in an organised way when undertaking new goal-directed activities or tasks. It involves children working out what to do, and how to change what they do, to achieve – developing strategies.
• Checking how well their activities are going
• Changing strategy as needed
• Reviewing how well the approach worked