Our curriculum at Ursuline Pre-School is rooted in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and focuses on the prime areas of communication and language, personal social, emotional development, and physical development. We extend their learning experiences trips, workshops, visitors, performances to parents and they benefit from being part of our whole school events.
Our curriculum is planned around key themes, for example, colour or traditional tales, and books and stories are at the heart of these. The children learning through a mixture of whole class carpet time, group sessions and one to one sessions with our teachers. Free flow play activities also form a key part of their learning experiences. Our staff are able to tailor the learning individually to each child so that each activity is appropriate for the stage that child is in.
Much of the focus of the learning is on communication and personal skills, we do also work on key areas that will help them prepare for Reception. These include becoming confident with numbers under 5 and 10, introducing Phonics with our Little Wandle Programme and recognizing and writing their own name.
Developing confidence and independence is also a key part of our daily teaching. Children are encourage and supported to be independent with many of the daily tasks and learn how to ask for help, solve problems and speak to their friends kindly. Our Catholic ethos emphasises helping each other, working together and being kind and these values are lived out daily in our Pre- School.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Pre-School Curriculum . In this there are 7 areas of learning.
The Prime areas of learning
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Specific areas of learning
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design