New House offers a full and varied early years curriculum for all ages under the Government’s Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which emphasises the importance of planning around the child’s individual interests as well as skills to be achieved as outlined in the EYFS.
The EYFS now comprises of seven areas of learning and development being spilt into Three Prime and Four Specific areas; these areas are as follows:
1. 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.
2. Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
3. 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.
1. Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Activities to cover this curriculum include painting, drawing, art and craft, messy play, music making, singing, cooking, music and movement, computer work, letters and sounds, mathematical activities, role-play and outdoor play which are accessed through a balance of child initiated and adult directed times as well as many ‘hands on’ activities providing experiential learning. The Nursery as a whole follows carefully selected themes throughout the term, of which Parents are kept closely informed by way of Medium Term Plans which outline the aspects of learning we hope to cover. Each child is encouraged to explore and learn through their chosen activity but is, in no way, pushed or pressured into formal ways of learning – each child develops at it’s own pace and is encouraged to develop self direction becoming an independent learner.
As required by the Government all two years olds will have their progress reviewed and a written summary of their development in the Prime Areas will be issued to parents. General observations and developmental records, known as ‘My Journey Through New House’, are kept on all of the children and parents are issued with a written summative progress report at the end of each term.
We currently have Ballet/Dancing as an optional extra curricular activity, taught by an outside professional dance teacher.