Children love to be involved in activities that give them independence and control over their own lives. Activities such as self-help skills, pouring, hand washing, cleaning, and care of the environment enhance the practical knowledge of children at Littlewoods ELC. These activities help to develop concentration, self-esteem, motor control and attention skills. The EYFS curriculum and seven areas of learning are delivered through a thematic approach, which is designed to stimulate the children through various topics and activities. The seven areas of learning are as follows:
Communication and Language
This area includes communication, speaking and listening. It involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. Children also have the opportunity to take part in the Arabic and French language activities regularly throughout the week.
Improving skills of control, coordination, manipulation and movement, Developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities. It is also about emotional wellbeing, knowing who you are and where you fit in and feeling good about yourself.
Developing early writing and reading skills through Phonics and mark making.
Developing and using ideas about numbers, calculating, quantity, measurement, shapes and space
Understanding the World
Exploring and investigating the world around them: Finding out about people and places and working with a range of materials.
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of creative experiences in art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative play.
Woven into these seven areas of learning are additional enrichments such as; Kidz Can Cook, Kindermuzik and Jumping Beanz Gym. Additional languages are offered, such as Arabic and French, delivered through fun activities including puppet shows, stories and arts and crafts.