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Early Years Curriculum

Every student deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Students develop quickly in the Early Years and students’ experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation students need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.



Core Subjects
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

Communication and language development involves giving students opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young students to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Students are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to...

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping students to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships, to develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate...



Foundation Subjects
LITERACY

Literacy development involves encouraging students to link sounds and letters and to begin to engage with early reading and writing. In NGPS, students are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to...

READING

Students read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

WRITING

Students use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and...

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics involves providing students with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

NUMBERS

Students count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count...

SHAPE, SPACE AND MEASURES

Students use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use...

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

Understanding the world involves guiding students to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Students talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other students do not always enjoy the same things, and they need to be sensitive to this. They know...

THE WORLD

Students know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants...

TECHNOLOGY

Students recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

Expressive arts and design involves enabling students to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art,...

EXPLORING AND USING MEDIA AND MATERIALS

Students sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

BEING IMAGINATIVE

Students use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.