At RBIS, we know how important the first year of school is for you and your child. The Early Years team aims to make that transition from home to school as smooth as possible by creating a caring and happy environment for your child to grow and develop, not only academically, but also emotionally.
The word ‘curriculum’ is used to describe all of the learning experiences that children have in the school setting. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as detailed below. This framework promotes learning through play ensuring high standards of early education and care by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It covers seven Areas of Learning, which include:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language: Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development: Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Literacy: Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics: Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Understanding the world: Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design: Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
For more information about the EYFS curriculum, please visit – Link to the EYFS document
Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and teachers to recognise children’s progress and understanding their needs. At RBIS Early Years, teachers observe children to understand their interests and learning styles, and then shape learning experiences for each child. We use an assessment tool called Tapestry.
Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.
To install Tapestry on your phone, search for the Tapestry Online Journal app and download.
More information about Tapestry here – https://tapestry.info/