EYFS Curriculum at Tiptoes
The Curriculum follows the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), which is the exact same guidance as primary schools. The knowledge, skills and understanding are covered by three prime areas;
- Personal, social and emotional development;
- Communication and language, and
- Physical development.
There are also four specific areas:
- Understanding the world, and
- Expressive art and design.
All these areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child initiated activities. Each child’s individual development is monitored and their progress recorded in their Individual Learning Journeys.
We also use Tapestry (https://tapestry.info/) which is an on-line program in which parents can download an app to follow their child’s progress.
Key Focus Areas;
The children at Tiptoes pre-school learn through jolly phonics, letters and sounds. This is done daily through action, songs and games. There is copy of the phonics for all parents to look at on the pre-school wall and copies for you to take home so you can practice with your child. The children concentrate on one letter sound a week, we ask if you can help your child find different objects that begin with the sound of the week to share with the other children and to help them gain a wider understanding of the sounds. We also follow the Letters and sounds document, this is a principle and practice of high quality phonics and is a six phase teaching programme. The children start with phase 1 and work into phase 2, importantly this will then continue when they start primary school.
We aim to help children recognise numbers, begin calculating and understand some form of shape, space and measures before they start school. This is done in a variety of ways by exposing the children to numbers in the environment. Flash cards and planned games are used on a one-to-one basis or in groups. The children spend time singing through numbers and acting out number rhymes.
We have embraced technology with our pre-school Promethean interactive whiteboard. We use this for a variety of activities to help the children develop in literacy, mark making, numbers and much more. The children also have other ICT equipment to help them learn and develop such as cameras and the Bee-Bot the robot, which helps them with co-ordination and control using different direction buttons.
These help the children gain knowledge of the world. Children learn about the different festivals e.g. Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New Year. Multicultural activities are covered in depth by trying different foods, dressing up in different clothes and doing lots of activities involving making things that are necessary for the children to learn about.
The pre-school gardens have many different forms of equipment that helps develop a child’s physical skills. The children do have risks to take in this area, which also increases their independence. They spend a lot more time gardening throughout the full year and during specific times growing their own fruit and vegetables to eat at meal times. Pre-school children often go out of the setting for walks by the in forests, river fronts during their outdoor play time.
Further help and information about our Pre-School
Curriculum – Learn more about our approach to Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design
Funding – find out how to apply for 15 and 30 hours free funding and how it can work for you.
Transition to School – Where do our children transition to Liaison meetings with primary teachers and ECAT preparation boxes.
Pre-school Myths – Five common misconceptions about pre-school