There are seven areas of learning and development set out in the EYFS. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the Prime Areas, are:
⦁ communication and language
⦁ physical development
⦁ personal, social and emotional development
At Marine Academy Nursery, the Prime Areas of Learning are embedded in our daily practice by the way we communicate and respond to children and through the curriculum that we provide. In addition to this, small group times provide excellent opportunities for children to develop the necessary skills in order to support these three crucial developmental areas.
The further four areas of learning, must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These four areas, the Specific Areas are:
⦁ understanding the world
⦁ expressive arts and design
At Marine Academy Nursery, we are passionate in our belief that children learn through their own experiences and as such, have developed a curriculum which encourages exploration and discovery through sensory experiences. In the first three years of life, most children make sense of the world through five senses:
A sensory curriculum can involve playing with textures, ingredients, materials and props to stimulate the core senses and build children’s awareness of using their senses. For example, playing in a sandpit develops a child’s sense of touch – is the sand rough, smooth, dry, wet, hard, soft? This sensory information is passed from the body to the brain and is essential in helping children to make sense of the world around them, and is important for more complex learning tasks, language development, social interaction, gross motor skills and all types of future learning.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Nursery on 01752 213941 or via e-mail: MAP.Nursery@marineacademy.org.uk