Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Early Years

There are seven areas of learning and development. These are divided into two areas: Prime and Specific. Click on each area to download a simple summary of what is expected of your child in this area by the end of their Reception Year.

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

Learning opportunities are provided through indoor and outdoor activities. Here are some examples of the learning that takes place.

Communication and Language – Students develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development – Students develop their co-ordination, control and movement. They will also understand the importance of physical activity and how to make healthy food choices.

Personal, Social and Emotional development – Students develop positive relationships between themselves and others, develop respect, social skills, confidence and learn how to manage their feelings.

Literacy – Students develop skills in linking sounds to letters and begin to read and write. Students are given opportunities to experience and enjoy a wide range of books, stories and poems to spark their interest in reading.

Mathematics – Students are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculations and early problem solving using simple addition and subtraction and describing shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World –Students explore their physical world and community, finding out about places, people, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design – Students are given opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, and are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feeling through a variety of activities in art, music , movement, dance, role play and design and technology.