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Early Years

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

This area focuses on children learning to work, play, build relationships, co-operate with others and function as a group beyond the family. Aspects of Personal, Social and Emotional Development are constantly promoted across the curriculum as well as in specific activities.  When the children begin their time at St Anne’s we focus on ourselves in the learning journey ‘Me, myself and I.’ We give the children opportunities to build their confidence by sharing their experiences and feelings. This enables the children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others: respect for others; social skills and a positive disposition to learn. The children take ownership of the rules and expectations of the classroom by designing their own rules and rewards systems. When a child’s personal, social and emotional needs are met, learning can take place in other curriculum areas.

Communication & Language (CLL)

This focuses on developing, supporting and extending children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening. It involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations. All children are encouraged to participate as speakers and listeners in a variety of situations and for a range of purposes and audiences, using and extending language in an imaginative way. An example of this is when all of the children participate in the Christmas Nativity; they perform this both to their parents and to the rest of the school.  

Physical Development (PD)

Children are provided with opportunities to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. The children are taught dance, Gymnastics, and games by a specialist PE teacher. The children have many opportunities to improve their spatial awareness and gross motor skills by using the variety of bikes and climbing equipment in our outside area.

Fine motor skills are developed throughout the year through regular ‘Finger Fun Workouts’ where the children are given a variety of opportunity to improve their muscle strength in their hands and improve their control over tools.

They are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food. The children participate in a whole school Healthy eating week as part of this we have a Learning Journey focusing on keeping healthy. We even open our own gym in the classroom!

Literacy (L)

Phonics plays a key role in developing the children’s literacy skills in Reception. Children learn how to hear, identify and write letter sounds as well as beginning to blend and segment sounds for reading and spelling. We encourage the children to develop a love of books and we aim for children to enjoy books and begin to become independent and confident readers. When the children are able to blend and read words, they will begin to start reading the Oxford Tree reading scheme which is followed throughout the school.

Children are given a range of opportunities to write for different purposes. They work with the adults to develop and write down their ideas and learn to use their phonics knowledge.

Mathematics (M)

The children are supported in developing their understanding of Mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Children learn about counting, sorting, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shape, space and measures.

They are provided with a range of practical opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use. For example, when learning about position the children are encouraged to dress up as animals and describe their position in our outside area.

Understanding the World (UtW)

We guide our children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. We have a learning journey ‘Culture Club,’ which focuses on different countries, to celebrate this learning we each dress up in traditional clothing and taste food from around the world.

The children are given the opportunity to use a range of technology from children’s cameras to iPads. They have weekly ICT lessons where they will explore different programs and uses for technology.

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

This area involves enabling our children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. We provide opportunities to develop and extend children’s creativity, curiosity, exploration and play through the medium of art, music, dance, role play and design and technology. Creativity involves the children initiating their own learning and making choices and decisions. We have a role play area in the classrooms and in the outside area linked to our learning journey, for example when learning about people who help us we had a fire station outside and a hospital inside.

As a Catholic school, we add one further and crucial area of learning:

Spiritual Development

In this area we help children to learn more about God and to grow in his love. We follow the Diocesan programme of study, called ‘Come and See’. We come together as a school, class and year group to engage in collective worship. Each child has a prayer partner from a junior class who helps the children in their spiritual journey through the year.

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