Here is a link to a pdf of our new curriculum steps document with a focus on the prime areas of learning – Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional development and Physical Development. This is a work in progress so we will add to it over the year.
We started with a staff meeting sharing ideas about what we would like the children to learn about while they are with us, all of the ideas below fall into the Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning and will support all the children to make progress and develop fantastic language skills and broaden their understanding our of world while supporting literacy and maths, creativity and making friends and learning the skills they need to form a love of reading and of learning.
How things work, how plants grow, how things are made, factories, manufacturing, where things come from – milk/cows
What grows what is made – harvest, weather, farms across the world, vegetables, gardening books.
Cooking and baking – world foods
Transport – boats, planes, bikes, lorries, trains, jets, cars.
Technology – kitchen appliances, washing machines, toasters, screen time, online safety
Science – volcanoes, weather, rocks, fossils, earth, space, sea, crystals, magnets, gravity, clouds, colour
Animals – aquariums, birds, bees
Art – artists, media and materials, dance, music, theatre
Textiles – knitting, crochet, sewing.
Books – collect lots of different non fiction from Tesco book stand and charity shops.
Music -reggae, classical, pop, rock, drum and bass, record ourselves, video ourselves, listen to the radio
Countries – cultures, art, clothes, music, religion, environments, landscapes, food.
Jobs – walk around and visit shops, invite people in
Environment – climate changes, recycling, wind power, electricity, gas. Oil rigs
Hygiene – teeth, bodies, hand washing, virus, bacteria, personal care
Being healthy – our bodies, exercise, teeth, heart, lungs, nutrition, diet, operations, bones, muscles, ligaments, blood, brain, nerves.
History – Vikings, cavemen, castles, knights, Stonehenge.
Activity ideas – make notes on children’s interest/ideas/inspirations