Tiny Sparkles Introduction
In our Tiny Sparkles classes, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is followed and applies to our students from birth to the end of the Reception year (Tiny Sparkles). It is the curriculum used to guide practitioners to plan challenging learning experiences within a vibrant, engaging environment and to assess the development and progress of each student. Throughout their education at Al Karamah School a range of therapists work very closely with education to plan blended learning opportunities.
EYFS- Early Years Foundation Stage
Procedure and Practice
The EYFS is based upon four themes as well as Principles and Characteristics of Learning:
- A Unique Student
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
- Every Student is a unique learner who is constantly learning, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Students learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Students learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.
- Students develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all Students in early years’ provision, including Students with educational needs.
Characteristics of Learning:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
EYFS Areas of Learning
There are 3 Prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (making relationships, self-confidence and self- awareness and managing feelings and behaviour)
- Physical Development (moving and handling and health and self-care)
- Communication and Literacy (listening and attention, understanding and speaking)
And 4 Specific areas of learning:
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Mathematics (numbers and shape, space and measure)
- Understanding the world (people and communities, the world and technology)
- Expressive arts and design (exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative)
None of the areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend upon each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and Student- initiated activities.
Through play and practical experiences, students learn about the world and their place in it. They learn through firsthand experiences, talk, books and equipment. We set realistic yet challenging expectations that meet the needs of our students. We achieve this by planning to meet the needs of all our Students in Tiny Sparkles.