Early Years Foundation Stage
The Little Owls curriculum is based upon the Department for Education’s EYFS Statutory Framework. This identifies seven areas that must shape a child’s learning and development which are inter-connected. 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. These are:
• communication and language
• physical development;
• personal, social and emotional development.
Beyond this we also support children in four specific areas;
• understanding the world; and
• expressive arts and design.
Our educational programmes involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:
• Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment. At Little Owls, not only do they develop their English Language skills, but they also have dedicated French lessons from a specialist.
• Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. At Little Owls, our children enjoy running around in our beautiful fields, but they also benefit from dancing lessons. Many of our children enjoy learning about food by staying on for a hot lunch.
• Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; they learn about respect, good manners and good social skills.
• Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials through their class library and through the Bramcote Junior School’s well stocked Infant and Junior Libraries.
• Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
• Understanding the world involves guiding 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. The children enjoy many excursions and visits to support this vital aspect of learning.
• Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.