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The children will have a topic each term determined by the Supervisor and staff. Activities during each session are then connected to the topic e.g. the craft, painting, story, and letter of the week. In this way the children’s learning is constantly reinforced and built upon. There is a curriculum newsletter, which is sent out each half term. It outlines the topic and the different activities week by week. This enables the child to bring in relevant things for ‘show and tell,’ for example something that relates to the letter or topic of the week.

At Barkham Pre School we organise a curriculum which works towards the end of the foundation stage.

Personal, social and emotional development

The children are encouraged to become independent, share, co-operate and are made aware of the needs, views, culture and beliefs of themselves and others. They are taught the ground rules so they can differentiate between right and wrong.

They are given the opportunity to work and concentrate as individuals and within a group, and manage their own hygiene. This is encouraged through activities such as home corner, dressing-up and role play.

Language, Literacy and Communication

Books form a central part of our activities. The child is encouraged to enjoy, respect and handle the wide range of books in the library. Pre-reading and pre-writing skills are introduced, together with name recognition. Nursery rhymes, music and poems help develop their communication skills.

There is free access to pencils, paper and the painting easel. Children are encouraged to listen and use language, extend their vocabulary, speak clearly and explore meanings of words and to use their imagination through role play and experiences. Letter sound and shape recognition is encouraged through activities and the “Jolly Phonics” scheme.

Mathematical Development

Activities are introduced to provide a foundation for numeracy. Mathematical language, such as more, less, greater, smaller, heavier, lighter is incorporated. This enables a child to sort, sequence, match, compare and order using everyday objects, as well as helping them count objects up to 10.

Practical activities help children to understand and record operations, while they are introduced to numbers and letters using calculators and children’s lap top computers. The children also use practical activities to solve problems.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Children talk about their lives, their environment, their families and past and present events in their lives. We work towards an Equal Opportunities Policy introducing the children to different cultures, races, religions, disabilities and social backgrounds.

We invite visitors to talk about their way of life and enjoy sampling their dishes and learning about their traditional costume. Outside play can be used to help children observe things in the natural world and look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes. The staff also use technology to support learning.

Physical Development

PE is an important area of our curriculum, helping to establish a positive attitude towards a healthy and active way of life. Activities are organised to encourage co-ordination, fine and gross manipulative skills and spatial awareness. We have equipment such as a climbing frame, balancing beams and balls to develop skills.

The children learn to move with confidence, imagination and control, recognising the changes that happen to their bodies when they are active.

Creative Development

Craft is just one major activity to encourage free expression using a variety of tools, materials and instruments. Our large range of activities and materials allow your child to explore and use their imagination.

By using the painting easel, craft table, scissors, play dough etc, children can explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions. The craft activity is linked into the current topic.

Recording progress

Activities at Barkham Pre School are based on an Early Years curriculum. Each child is designated a keyworker, a member of staff who monitors them and records their likes, dislikes, any problem areas and general progress including major milestones.

These records are for your benefit, to help you build up a picture of your child’s progression at the Pre School. Keyworker records are always available for your perusal and input.

Special Needs

All nurseries and Pre Schools will be able to supply parents with information on how to meet the needs of a child with difficulties. Barkham Pre School works to meet the needs of all children providing equality of opportunity. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (November 2001) enables the Pre School to provide a framework for developing a strong partnership between the child’s keyworker, parents and appropriate outside organisations while at the same time placing the rights of the child at the heart of the process.

Every child is offered a pre-entry visit to the Pre School to assist them settling in (see Admissions Policy). This provides an opportunity for parental concerns to be discussed and future provision for the child’s educational needs to be planned. The staff will be informed and where necessary trained, to adapt their skills to best address your child’s needs within the happy and stimulating environment of the Pre School.