Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years’ Foundation Stage is a framework that is designed to equip reception age (4 to 5 years old) children with skills to ensure their readiness for school. It is also intended to provide a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. At Adventure Club our activities for the 4 and 5 year olds are focussed on the framework as follows:
Communication and language - Activities provided to support this area of development include opportunities for role play, acting out books they have read and talent shows in which children perform. The rich language environment supports the development of children’s confidence and skills in expressing themselves.
Physical development - Children have access to rich menu of coach run sporting activities and are helped to understand the importance of physical activity as well as making healthy choices in relation to food. Children learn to be active and interactive and activities also help the development of their co-ordination, control, and movement.
Personal, social and emotional development - Activities provided such as team sports, games and talent shows help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, form positive relationships and develop respect for others. Through these children develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy – Resources such as books and role play areas encourage children to link sounds and letters to help them begin to read and write and ignite their interest in books.
Mathematics – Activities provided include cooking and baking as these involve measuring ingredients, model making using colourful bricks of varying shapes, thus providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers. This also enables children to calculate simple addition and subtraction related to everyday life whilst thinking of the application of shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world – Children are engaged in projects related to events that occur throughout the year such as decorating Christmas trees, planning religious activities, celebrating Mothers’ and Fathers’ days. These give children a 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 - This involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials such as for art and craft . This also involves 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.