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Harpers Nursery & Forest School Blunham

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There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework that we work towards.


We use our individual observations of children to plan for their next steps of learning and their own interests to ensure their day is challenging, exciting and fun. Daily feedback is given so learning can be extended and discussed at home and ideas for home activities along with a lending library are available.


All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.


Prime Areas of Learning and Development


These areas are specifically crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


Communication and Language Development - 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


Physical Development - Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities


The Specific Areas


Literacy - development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


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 shape.


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.


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.


EYFS Framework