Curriculum

Our Curriculum includes a wide range of exciting activities within the seven areas of learning:

Within our curriculum children choose materials and equipment freely. We offer a balance of independent play and participation in planned adult led activities. Adult led activities include our weekly music and 'Monday Movers'. All activities are based on our commitment to learning through play. Our planning is based on children's interests and provides experiences and opportunities for all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We use our local rural environment to enhance children's experiences and learning e.g. Post Office, Recycling Centre, Library and the local woods. Trips are an important tool in widening children's knowledge and understanding of the world. We have enjoyed large scale trips to Banham Zoo, Hollow Trees Farm, Thetford Forest and Bury Fire Station.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children must be provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. Providers must ensure support for children's emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and what they can do.

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Physical Development

The physical development of babies and young children must be encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They must be supported in using all their senses to learn about the world around them and to make connections between new information and what they already know. They must be supported in developing their understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

For Example at Cygnets we have:

Communication & Language

Children's learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening and understanding must be supported. They must be provided with opportunity and encouragement to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, and be supported in developing the confidence and disposition to do so.

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Literacy

Mathematics

Children must be supported in developing their understanding of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. They must be provided with opportunities to practise these skills and to gain confidence and competence in their use.

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Understanding the World

Children must be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Their learning must be supported through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations; undertake practical 'experiments'; and work with a range of materials.

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Expressive Arts & Design

Children's creativity must be extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play. They must be provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, for example, through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, mathematics, and design technology.

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