At Maun, we follow the curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage which is divided into seven areas in total. There are three prime areas and four specific areas as shown below:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
- Physical Development;
- Communication and Language.
- Mathematical Development;
- Understanding the World;
- Expressive Arts and Design.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children will learn to make friends, share and co-operate, develop confidence in trying out new things. They will learn to adapt their behaviour and understand their own and others’ feelings.
Communication and Language
Children will develop their attention and listening skills through games, music, stories and rhymes. They will extend their understanding of language and widen their vocabulary so that they can talk confidently and clearly.
Children will learn to move confidently using the indoor and outdoor learning environments. They will learn to develop control of their body when climbing, riding bikes and scooters and throwing and catching balls. They will practise using small equipment like writing tools, paint brushes, rolling pins and scissors. They will also develop their independence skills like putting on coats, dressing, and using the toilet and washing hands without support.
Through good quality stories, rhymes and songs, children will develop their early reading skills. They will learn to talk about stories and non-fiction books and will develop their phonic knowledge through rhyming and playing with sounds and rhymes. They will have a range of opportunities to write: the role play area, recording stories, messages, labels, lists and cards; with an adult involved in group or individual writing tasks, and independently during their own play.
Children will have many opportunities to develop their mathematical skills through independent play and focused tasks with adults. They will learn how to count, recognise and use numbers to solve problems; they will develop their ability to talk about and name shapes in the environment and extend their mathematical vocabulary e.g bigger, round, more and less.
Understanding the World
Children will explore the world around them and be encouraged to show care and concern for living things. They will be encouraged to talk about events in their own lives and use simple technological equipment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will be encouraged to express themselves in a variety of ways like dancing, singing, building and painting and drawing and imaginary play. They will be taught a repertoire of songs and will use explore the sounds of musical instruments. They will make representations using paint, pencils, printing and clay and use tools to make models. They will have the opportunity to build with construction materials and develop imaginary play in the role play and small world areas.