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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area of learning is about our emotional wellbeing, knowing who we are, where we fit in and about feeling good about ourselves.  In particular, time is taken to support transition to and between settings and by providing opportunities for us to become a valuable member of the group.  A strong self image and our self esteem are promoted.  This area is also about developing respect for others by providing opportunities to help us to learn to co-operate and to work harmoniously alongside and with each other.  

This part of the curriculum aims to foster positive attitudes and dispostions towards learning as an enthusiasm for knowledge and a confidence in our abilities will make us into successful learners.  

We are also encouraged to develop our attention skills and persistence, in particularly the capacity to concentrate on our own as well as working within a group.

Communication and Language

This area of learning includes opportunites for us to talk, listen and communicate in a widening range of situations and for different purposes.  We learn to respond to adults and to each other, to practise and extend the range of vocabulary and communication skills we use and to listen carefully.


This area includes reading and writing.  It gives the opportunity for us to explore, enjoy, learn about words and use of words and text in a broad range of contexts, including listening to stories.  We have a great many opportunites to practise our mark making skills within a range of activities. 


This is where we can develop our understanding of number - counting, ordering, adding, subtracting and find out about measurement, pattern, shape and space by taking part in a broad range of activities and experiences.

Physical Development

Physical development is about improving skills of control, manipulation and movement.  It provides opportunities for us to develop and practise our fine and gross motor skills.  Our understanding of how our bodies work and what we need to be healthy, active and safe is learnt about here.  It helps us to gain confidence in what we can do and enables us to develop in a positive manner.

Understanding the World

In this area we develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a varied range of contexts and to explore and find out about environments, people and places that have significance in our lives.  

This area of development forms the foundation for later work in science, history, geography, design and technology and I.T.

Expressive Arts and Design

This area provides opportunities for us to explore and share thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities including art, design, technology, music, movement, dance, role-play and imaginative play.