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Scholars 

The Scholars is the name we use for our pre-school group (2.5 to 5 y). They have four interconnecting rooms enabling us to offer a free-flow environment allowing the children to explore and learn at their own pace and in their own way. The four rooms comprise of the following areas: 

Two creative/messy play areas are large enough to offer a mark-making table, experimenting tables, large sand tray, large water tray, large painting wall, and a four-sided easel for painting, drawing and wipe board. This allows the children to experiment with a range of creative media, select the tools and techniques they need, and to investigate objects and materials. Enabling them to discover connections and come to a better understanding of the way to do things.

Two play-rooms each allowing the children’s imaginations to flourish. Within the rooms the children can choose what they would like to play with from wooden bricks, small world, board games, jigsaws as well as a themed role-play area. 

There is also a very large indoor playroom for all the children to use allowing them to have the outside inside, there is also a large bouncy castle.

The Outdoor area as lots of bikes, balls, and a climbing frame as well as other equipment that encourages the children to move with confidence, imagination, control, and co-ordination. They can travel around, under, over and through a variety of equipment enabling them to develop an awareness of space.

All staff are qualified working with this age group ensuring the education of the children is of a high standard, and meets OFSTED requirements. Behind the scenes, all staff continually plan activities to meet the individual needs of the children within their key-group. Planning links to the areas of learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

A child’s day in pre-school will include activities covering all the areas of learning and development, which are, connected to one another and are equally important:

Play is the child’s means of discovery, communication, and expression. The aim in pre-school is to develop and implement a comprehensive early year’s curriculum in 'Readiness for School'.

We use the areas of learning and development when we are observing, assessing and planning for your child’s individual needs. These areas ensure that we are constantly challenging each child and helping them to develop and succeed.

There are 7 areas of learning, split into 2 parts:

1. The 3 prime areas – which are for all the children and will always be the main focus of our planning and activities for the babies and children under 3

2. The 4 specific areas – which are mostly used for the older children (over 3s) but are also relevant for younger children

These are the 3 prime areas –

Communication
and language
This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Listens and pays attention
  • Understands what is being said
  • Communicates with others
  • Develops vocabulary and speech

 

Physical development This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  •  Moves and uses gross motor skills
  •  Develops fine motor skills
  •  Learns about healthy living
  •  Manages self care independently

 

Personal, social
and emotional development
This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Is confident and self assured
  • Manages their feelings and behaviour
  • Makes friends
  • Shares and takes turns

 

  These are the 4 specific areas –
  Literacy This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Enjoys reading books
  • Likes making marks
  • Learns to write
  • Starts to explore phonics and letter sounds

 

Mathematics This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Learns about numbers and counting
  • Recognises the passing of time
  •  Explores measure, capacity, space, shape, opposites etc. during play

 

Understanding the world This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Finds out about nature and the world around them
  • Talks about people and their local community and learns about similarities and differences
  • Learns to confidently use ICT equipment

 

Expressive arts and design This area of learning and development is about how your child…
  • Enjoys being creative
  • Sings, dances and makes music
  • Plays imaginatively
  • Uses colour to express themselves