In EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form friendships and thrive. These three area s are known as the prime areas and include communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The other four areas are known as specific areas and include literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. We initially focus upon the prime areas when children enter the class as these skills are needed to become successful learners. The children have daily phonics and maths lessons accompanied by well planned activities for children to access during their own independent learning time, honing their skills through play. Adults observe the children during their play, asking questions, challenging their ideas and identifying next steps for individuals. Weekly planning takes account of individual needs, interests and the stage of development of each child whilst also recognising that children learn in different ways. We provide indoor and outdoor activities across the areas of learning. Opportunities for creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning are also planned for. Children are encouraged to discuss how their activities went using this terminology to recognise how they learn best. To ensure your child’s transition into our school is as smooth and happy as it can be, we make links with your child’s preschool settings and provide several opportunities for your child and yourself to visit school and become familiar with our staff.