The Areas of Learning

The Areas of Learning are split into 2 sections – Prime and Specific Areas of Learning. Each of these areas are then broken down into more detailed Learning Goals.

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Successful personal, social and emotional development is essential for all young children in order for them to achieve in all aspects of their lives. Work in this area focuses on helping children to become independent and to be able to work, play and co-operate with others. We are focused on helping children to develop self confidence, relationships with others and manage their feelings and behaviour.

Communication and Language

Children are encouraged to speak and listen effectively in many situations and are given opportunities to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings. They are introduced to a wide range of stories, rhymes and information books. Work in this area lays the foundations for reading and writing.

Physical Development

Children develop rapidly in their early years. They need to be active in order to develop the fundamental skills associated with moving with confidence and control in order to handle tools and equipment effectively. We aim to develop positive attitudes towards a healthy and active way of life.

Specific areas:

Literacy

As with Communication and Language the children are introduced to a wide range of stories, rhymes and information books. Work in this area lays the foundations for reading and writing.

Mathematics

This focuses on practical activities that help to develop understanding of numbers, measurement, patterns, shape and space. We aim to develop the children’s confidence so that their mathematical skills are used in everyday situations.

Understanding of the World

In this area, children develop the skills they need to help them to understand the world in which they live. They learn about People and Communities, The World and Technology. They learn to be curious, ask questions, experiment and solve problems. Work in this area lays the foundations for later learning in history, geography, science, design and technology and information and communication technology.

Expressive Arts and Design

Creativity brings excitement and independence to learning. Work in this area aims to develop children’s imaginations, encouraging expression of ideas through art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play.