Prime & Specific Areas of Development
Children are given the chance and encouragement of looking at different forms of literature and text within their environment. Practitioners also use language to help children develop and use different letters and sounds through phonics sessions and games, which lead to their future reading skills.
As well as Literacy, the children also learn about Shape, Space and Measure – with numbers, counting, sorting and matching. Children also begin to understand sequencing when it comes to learning days of the week and the months of the year. They start to see patterns emerge and be able to follow them easier within their local environment. This also includes counting regularly throughout the day for example, having to count their peers in a line at the end of play time. This helps encourage them to use mathematical language regularly through their everyday life. To help evolve their learning process, they will be practicing their skill within number rhymes, stories and games and even during water play and sand play.
We will be implementing Communication with your child whether that be verbally, through actions, gestures or expressions. This vital early skill which will contribute and improve throughout your child’s life. We will be extending the children’s vocabulary by asking them to talk openly in front of their peers and adults about any activities they have participated in especially after the weekend or holidays.
We also make sure that physical development is involved in the child’s everyday play, as it’s important to grow and strengthen their motor skills. This includes things for the children to learn how to hold and apply small movements when writing or developing scissor techniques. It will also involve big movements for physical activity during indoor or outdoor play, where they will be able to exercise and help stay healthy through running or climbing. There will also be a variety of opportunities for the children to explore and experience music, movement or ball abilities.