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The Specific Areas of Learning

Mathematics (M)

In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develop through active learning, play and exploration. They will use indoor and outdoor environments, stories, songs, cooking and games, construction and creativity.

  • Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language.
  • Shape, Space and Measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will explore, recognise, create and describe patterns and shapes.

Literacy (L)

For both reading and writing children will develop phonic knowledge that will enable them to decode, read and write words. Phonics will take place through a range of learning experiences e.g. listening activities, songs, rhymes, and playing with language throughout the EYFS.

  • Reading: Children will learn the skills they need to be a reader and to love books, they will borrow books to be read to them at home and enjoy daily stories at the nursery. They will become familiar with print and talk about their reading.
  • Writing: All attempts at writing will be encouraged, children will start with their own names and words of interest to them. They will write what is meaningful to them and be encouraged to read what they have written.

Understanding the World (UW)

People and communities, the world, technology.
In a rich and active learning environment children are challenged to learn about themselves and others and the world in which they live.

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Exploring and using media and materials: children will sing, make music and dance. They will have daily opportunities to use a wide range of tools, techniques and materials creatively and safely.
Being imaginative: children will be encourage and supported to express themselves imaginatively through all media.