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FS1 Curriculum

In FS1 an engaging and stimulating environment is provided where learning is fun. The characteristics of effective learning underpin the areas of learning and development. They are:

 

Playing and exploring

  • Finding out and exploring

  • Using what they know in their play

  • Being willing to have a go

 

Active learning

  • Being involved and concentrating

  • Keeping on trying

  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

 

Creating and thinking critically

  • Having their own ideas

  • Using what they already know to learn new things

  • Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways

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The seven areas of learning are then split into the prime and specific areas.

 

The prime areas are:

 

Communication and language: “…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.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

Physical development: “…opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement…to make healthy choices in relation to food.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

Personal, social and emotional development: “…to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings…”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

In addition to these there are also four specific areas, these are:

 

Literacy: “…encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write…”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

Mathematics: “…to develop and improve their skills in counting, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

Understanding the world: “…providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

Expressive arts and design: “…to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials…providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through…art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

 

 

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