Biggin Pre-school Curriculum

Biggin Pre-school follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum

The prime areas of learning are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We plan varied and focused activities during each session to ensure we allow all areas of skills to develop as part of this programme. Below we have outlined how Biggin Pre-school enhance learning through these areas of the curriculum:

Communication and language

  • Encourage and support children to be confident to speak to others.
  • Encourage children to ask lots of How? Why? When? Questions.
  •  Encourage good listening and speaking skills.
  • Encourage children to use language to answer open ended questions that they are asked about activities or their own interests.

Physical development

  • Promote independence in self care skills e.g. dressing, hand washing.
  •  Encourage the children to learn about the importance of healthy practices such as hygiene, healthy eating, exercising.
  •  Encourage children to develop their gross motor skills through planned activities incorporating running, jumping, climbing, balancing, pedalling, bikes and throwing and catching.
  • Encourage the use and development of fine moror skills such as drawing, writing, threading, using scissors, small world play and peg boards.
  • Encourage the children to become aware of their own space but also to be respectful of other peoples space.

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Support children through the settling in process.
  • Support children to be confident.
  • Support children to make relationships with both adults and children.
  • Support the children to be aware of their feelings and aware of their actions.
  • Encourage the children to show care and concern for others.

The specific areas of learning are:

Literacy

  • Reading and looking at books.
  • Writing-encourage children to mark make using a wide reage of resources e.g pens, chalk, paint, water and brushes, squirty bottles, flour, sand and shaving foam.
  • Each child is encouraged to do self registration to support them with name recognition.
  • Sounds and letters activities e.g. rhyming.

Mathematics

  • Use of games, play and a recognition of a childs individual interests to support counting, adding, taking away and estimating.
  • Knowledge of shape, space and measure is achieved through activities like jigsaw puzzles, building blocks and condtruction sets. We look at shapes in our environment and compare sizes, length and weight using a variety of resources.

Understanding the world

  • Explore other cultures, religions and beliefs by taking part in celebrations and by the use of dressing up clothes and music to provide the children with a greater understanding.
  • Local visits to the park, Tissington Trail, local farms to provide an understanding of the rural setting around them.
  • Use of electronic toys, telephones, CD players, computer laptop, cameras, remote control cars to develop the children’s understanding of technology.

Expressive arts and design

  • Explore a wide range of media and materials e.g. paint, playdoh, foam and baking.
  • Encourage imagination through dressing up, taking on roles and characters during play.
  • Explore sounds and musical instruments.
  • Learn songs and rhymes. Encourage the children to make up their own songs and routines.
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