In the Early Years, the curriculum is delivered through three prime areas of learning which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development and four specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Further details about our approach towards ensuring that our children have the best possible start in the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found in our EYFS policy by clicking on the link below.
At Glen Park Primary, we work hard to develop exciting and stimulating learning environments. All children have a classroom in addition to free flow access to the outside area and an additional learning room known as the Busy Bee Room. Each area is set up with a range of activities to develop and enhance learning opportunities. Learning takes place through a range of whole class teaching, adult led activities and regular opportunities for child initiated play providing children with time to access their own learning and consolidate the knowledge of the new skills they have gained.
In the Foundation Stage, learning experiences are linked to topics chosen from children’s interest.
Recently we have learnt about Superheroes. We enjoyed a Superhero Day and the children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite Superhero character. We read the story of Superworm and retold the story using a story map and actions. Our following topic was Winter and Celebrations. We were lucky to have a visit from the RSPB. We learnt about nature and the winter weather. At the end of term we enjoyed learning about and comparing the celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We took part in some festive activities and loved our trip to Pennywell Farm. We even took part in our own version of the nativity alongside Year 1.
We have also been learning about Pirates and Princesses. We have listened to the story ‘That’s Not My Pirate!’ and have been able to retell it using actions. We have enjoyed our first Welly Walk of the term, which featured a phonic treasure hunt. The children enjoyed hunting for coins and making simple words. The children used Fred talk to sound them out and blend them. Most fun of all was our Pirate Day. We were lucky enough to be visited by Captain Jack. He shared a pirate story with the children, took them on a treasure hunt with clues, played pirate games and set up a pirate stamp treasure map activity. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were fully immersed in their pirate and princess characters! We are now looking forward to learning about Chinese New Year. We are excited to learn about the celebration and taste some authentic Chinese food!