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Early Years Foundation Stage

At Bishop Henderson C of E School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum during the first year of school. The curriculum consists of 7 areas of learning, 3 of which are prime areas and 4 are specific areas.
Prime areas Specific Areas
Making Relationships Literacy
Self confidence and Self Awareness Reading
Managing Feelings and Behaviour Writing
Communication and Language Mathematics
Listening and Attention Numbers
Understanding Shape Space and measure
  Understanding the World
Physical Development  
  People and Communities
Moving and Handling The World
Health and Self Care Technology
  Expressive Arts and Design
  Exploring and using Media and Materials
  Being Imaginative

The prime areas of learning underpin learning and development in the other specific areas. With this in mind, we start our year with a focus on the prime areas as the children settle into school, and then into classes, after a few weeks. In particular, we focus on children's social development and communication skills. School routines are established over a number of weeks, in order to introduce new opportunities gradually, such as Read Write inc (the teaching of synthetic phonics) PE, Forest School, French and Computing lessons. Throughout the year children have a variety of child-initiated and adult directed learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, utilising our creative area, courtyard and garden.


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