The Learning Journey
The Learning Journey is a celebration of your child's achievements throughout their time in Pre School and Nursery. It serves as a reminder of the experiences they have had and highlights the discoveries they make. It contains examples of learning, photographs of play and observations made by their keyworker. These enable us to plan effectively in order to meet the children's learning needs and monitor the skills they are developing.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) is based on the overarching principles that learning and development depend on each unique child having the opportunity to interact in positive relationships within enabling environments.
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient capable, confidenet and self assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of a loving and secure relationship with parents and or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's play learning and development.
Learning and Development
Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are of equal importance and are interconnected.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven areas of learning and development, each split into strands of learning. You will see these referred throughout the learning journey. All areas of learning are important and interconnected.
The Prime Areas are;
PSED - Personal, Social and Emotional Development
PSED is the first of our prime areas, recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes toward themselves and others. This development will also encourage children to manage their feelings healthily and be more confident in themselves and what they do.
CL - Communication and Language
Communication is the heart of human interaction. During a child's learning journey they will develop the ability to listen to others and respond in a healthy manner. As they grow so will their understanding of language and in turn they will learn to respond with more complex sentences and emotions.
PD - Physical Development
Physical development is our last area of child development that includes children's physical growth, as well as their increasing ability to control the muscles of their bodies. Children's physical development follows a predictable pattern, but each child grows at his or her own rate. Active play helps children develop their motor skills. We can support children's physical development by providing safe surroundings, good nutrition and plenty of time for active play and exploration.
These areas of development are fundamental in the EYFS, helping to support progression in the four other specific areas of learning;
Reading and Writing
Numbers Shapes and Measures
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials.
Understanding the World
People and Communities
The World and Technologies
We will also observe and refer to the Characteristics of Effective learning. These observations relate to how children learn and help us to plan activities and experiences which help them become effective learners.
The Three areas from the EYFS Curriculum are;
Playing and Exploring (Engagement)
Finding Out and Exploring
Using Senses to Explore
Engaging in open-ended activities
Showing particular interest
Playing with what they know
Pretending objects are things from their experiences
Taking on a role
Being willing to 'Have a go'
Demonstrating a 'Can do' attitude
Active Learning (Motivation)
Being involved and Concentrating
Showing high levels of energy
Not easily distracted
Paying attention to details
Able to Keep Trying
Persisting with activities when challenges occur
Showing a belief that more effort or a different approach may pay off
Bouncing back after difficulties
Enjoying and achieving what he/she set out to do
Showing satisfaction in meeting own goals
Being Proud of his/her accomplishments
Enjoys the challenge for their own sake rather than external rewards
Creating and Thinking Critically (Thinking)
Having his/her own Ideas
Thinking of Ideas
Finding ways to solve problems
Finding new ways to do things
Making links and noticing patterns in their learning
Testing their ideas
Developing ideas of groups, sequences, cause and effect
Choosing ways to do things
Planning, Making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem, reach a goal
Check how well the activity is going
Changing strategy as needed
Reviewing how well an approach has worked.