The Early Years Curriculum – The prime areas
The Early Years Curriculum – Specific areas
Sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds of the alphabet to the child when he/she is ready. Each child works at his/her own pace and gradually, through practice on a daily basis, develops pre-writing, pre-reading, communication skills and reading, writing and listening skills.
Understanding of the World
These activities are designed to refine the five senses and help guide the children in learning to discriminate, classify and compare. The materials include the Pink Tower, cylinder blocks, broad stairs, the Red Rods, the smelling jars, colour tablets, baric tablets, temperature jugs, sound boxes, geometric solids. The Sensorial materials teach the concepts of colour, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell in an enjoyable way and are great fun for the children.
Botany and nature studies
In each classroom we have a nature table and the children are welcome to add to the classroom display of natural wonders and objects of interest. The botany materials include a cabinet and cards which introduce the child to different types of leaves, flowers and trees and their parts. Books about nature, group discussions and the botany jigsaw and materials are all designed to light a flame of interest in this vast subject.
Globes, maps, flags, land and water forms and country or continent topic weeks all introduce the child to the idea that he or she lives in a wide, wonderful world.
Following the child’s spontaneous interest and wonder, simple science experiments, the basic laws of light, gravity, sound and magnetism are explored with the children.
Rhythm instruments, percussion groups, singing and dancing help to promote an appreciation for music, develop large motor co-ordination and prepare the group for any further pursuit in musical training. At Norfolk Lodge, we have a wonderful collection of music from around the world and we introduce the pleasure of listening to and identifying with different types of music: classical, folk, jazz, traditional etc.
Arts and crafts
Painting, drawing, stencilling, collage and various levels of sewing are available every day. Art sessions give the children an opportunity to print, make simple objects, cards, models etc. The art cards introduce the child to famous artists, their paintings and various styles in an interesting and enjoyable way.
Drama and role play
We introduce simple drama and role play related to our various topics e.g. people who help us, transport, food, the high street.