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Learning in the Early Years

The content of the Curriculum is planned in the seven areas of learning and development.

Three Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language – Children develop their skills, understanding and confidence in speaking and listening in a range of situations.
  • Physical Development – Children develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through being active. They learn about how to keep themselves healthy and safe.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Within clear boundaries and expectations, children form positive relationships with adults and peers, develop social skills and respect for others and understand appropriate behaviour.

Four Specific Areas:

  • Literacy – Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Opportunities are provided daily for developing fine motor skills and handwriting skills.
  • 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 measures.
  • Understanding the World – Involves providing opportunities for finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – This involves exploring a wide range of media and sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.