At Grosvenor, we work with the Government’s curriculum for children aged 0-5. It is called:
The Early Years Foundation Stage
It is divided into 7 areas of learning:
3 Prime Areas of Learning
4 Specific areas of Learning
There are 17 Early Learning Goals to be aimed for by the end of Reception Year in Primary School.
Prime Areas of Learning- these are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – which is about making relationships and getting along with other children and adults, having confidence and self- awareness and being able to manage their feelings and behaviour.
Communication and Language– which is about developing good listening and attention skills, to have good understanding and also to speak and express themselves clearly.
Physical Development – which is about developing large and small movements in a variety of ways, having good control of their bodies and handling a variety of tools and equipment well. It also covers health and self- care, looking at ways to keep healthy and safe.
Specific Areas of Learning
Literacy – which is about, stories, rhymes, books and reading, mark-making and writing.
Mathematics – which looks at numbers, counting, shape and measure.
Understanding the World – which looks at people and communities and helps children understand about the world in which they live, including ICT.
Expressive Arts and Design – which looks at developing different forms of expression, exploring music, dance, and song, encouraging children to be creative in all respects. It also focuses on media and materials and imaginative/pretend play.
At Grosvenor Nursery School we believe that it is important to embrace and support the natural instincts and motivation of children to investigate and learn about the world. We provide a curriculum that promotes their effective learning.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
Our curriculum promotes:
Play and Exploring
- finding out and exploring
- playing with what children know
- being willing to ‘have a go’
- being involved and concentrating
- keeping trying
- enjoying and achieving what they set out to do
Creating and Thinking Critically
- having their own ideas
- making links
- choosing ways to do things
- The staff plan high quality, exciting activities to cover all the areas of learning each week.
- Our weekly and termly plans are always on display in the nursery.
- These will inform you as to what your child will be going each week and you can help your child at home by talking to them about the activities we will be covering.
Monitoring and Assessment
- Staff observe and monitor children’s skills and development in their first few weeks so that we can plan activities to suit every child’s needs and develop their skills further.
- In joint discussion with parents, targets are set for each child for the term.
- All children have a Learning Journal file, where a record of these targets are kept.
- Parents have access to their child’s learning Journal online using a secure password.
- Also in the files are:
Staff assessments and observations and evaluations of children’s progress.
Samples of work
Photographs and certificates.
The files build up a lovely picture of each child’s learning and development throughout their time with us and are for you keep when they leave us.
These files are always available for you to look at and comment in – they are kept on the open shelves at the far end of our nursery.
Learning and development information is also passed on to your child’s primary school.