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Areas of learning and development Aspect
Personal, Social & Emotional Development

- Building Relationships

- Managing Self

- Self-Regulation

Communication & Language Development

- Listening, Attention & Understanding

- Speaking

 Physical Development

- Gross Motor Skills

- Fine Motor Skills


- Comprehension

- Word Reading

- Writing


- Numbers

- Numerical Patterns

 Understanding the World

- People, Culture & Communities

- The Natural World

- Past & Present

 Expressive Arts & Design

- Creating with Materials

- Being Imaginative & Expressive

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.

All of the areas of learning and development are interconnected to the characteristics of effective learning, which are ‘playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creating and critical thinking’.

Here at St Thomas’, children learn through a balance of child-initiated, adult-initiated and adult-directed activities, which allow children to develop to their full potential. Children are provided with plenty of time to engage in "exploration" throughout the variety of experiences carefully planned to engage and challenge them in the provision. The curriculum is planned for the inside and outside classrooms and equal importance is given in both areas.

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