You, as parents are your children’s first and most important teachers and play a central role in their lives. When children begin school, parents and teachers form a partnership to support learning at home and at school. The following information will help you be part of this important learning journey. The curriculum in this booklet is a framework describing the learning and development outcomes for children. It is not a set of prescriptive lessons as it is accepted best early years practice to work from each child’s interests and individual developmental needs. To ensure that all children’s needs are met, teachers spend time observing and interacting with the children so that they can best plan for their next steps in learning. This daily observation also acts as a summative assessment which forms the basis of the end of year reports.
Purposeful play is an important way that children learn. Educators and psychologists refer to play as the serious work of childhood. Children at play are highly motivated, capable of intense concentration and push themselves to higher levels of thinking. As children play, they are clarifying information integrating ideas from previous experiences, and exploring and experimenting with their environment. Play gives children opportunities to add to their knowledge, learn new skills and practise familiar ones. Through play, children learn to deal with their feelings, interact with others and resolve conflicts. They develop their imagination, creativity and ability to solve problems. Through play children master skills that will be used later in more formal study.
Our Early Years Curriculum at ABC is based on best international practice including the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) . Our classrooms will develop your child’s home language alongside the English Language with a multi-sensory active learning approach. At ABC in EYFS your child will be able to develop the potential and skills needed to become a competent life-long learner in Azerbaijan and internationally.
The Six Areas of Learning in Early Years:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
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 development 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. Literacy development 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 measures.
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.
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.