In FS2 the EYFS framework is followed, and the curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development, although we recognise that, in practice, many of these areas overlap.
These seven areas of development include:
three PRIME AREAS
and four SPECIFIC AREAS
Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Each child's emerging needs and interests, will be responded to, and their development guided through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help the children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.
When planning and guiding children's activities, the FS2 team will consider the different ways that children learning and reflect these in their practice. The following three characteristics of effective teaching and learning will form an integral part of provision and practice in FS2.
Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and 'have a go';
Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Click here to see a leaflet produced by North Lincolnshire Local Authority and the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) outlining the new Early Years approach. (PDF)