Our Early Years Foundation Stage is for young children age four to five with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties.
Our aim is to support their development, on a physical, emotional and educational level, encouraging them to achieve the best they possibly can.
From building confidence to socialise with peers to taking steps unaided and developing communication – every child has different abilities and needs, and is encouraged at every stage by our dedicated team.
St Piers School EYFS curriculum is deeply rooted in the foundations of play. It is made up of three themes, which are:
- A unique child – every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Positive relationships – children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Enabling environments – children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between educators, therapists, parents and carers
These themes all feed into our learning and development provision, which covers the following areas:
Communication and LanguageCommunication and Language gives 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 developmentYoung children have the chance to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.
Personal, social and emotional developmentPersonal, social and emotional development involves helping young children to:
- develop a positive sense of themselves, and others
- form positive relationships and develop respect for others
- develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings
- understand appropriate behaviour in groups
- have confidence in their own abilities
LiteracyAt St Piers, we encouraging children to link sounds and letter and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
MathematicsChildren are given 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 worldChildren are guided 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 DesignChildren can 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 wide variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.