How We Learn
The EYFS curriculum
There are seven areas of Learning and Development within EYFS. Whilst all are important and inter-connected, the framework splits learning into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas’.
The Prime Areas are fundamental to igniting a child’s curiosity and building their capacity to learn. These are: Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The Specific Areas strengthen and apply the Prime Areas. These are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Art and Design.
The Forest School is a nature-based approach to learning personal, social and emotional life skills. It gives our pre-schoolers the opportunity to learn about the natural environment around them, to learn use their own initiative to solve problems and learn how to work with others.
The programme is initially adult-led as our qualified Forest School Leaders first establish routines, behavioural expectations and rules around safety and hygiene in the woodland. Once these are embedded, the programme takes on a child-led approach. Children are taught to use full sized tools and learn how to face new challenges and risks they wouldn’t face in an indoor environment. The physical freedom of learning outside through climbing, exploring, running, jumping and balancing supports development of the young child’s body towards finer movements that will be required for such skills as writing.
Forest School helps to develop:
- Confidence and self esteem
- Problem solving skills
- Good communication skills
- Physical development
- Creativity and imagination
- Ability to work with others