Our Barn Owls group is predominantly dedicated to the 3-4 year olds and for children who are in their final Preschool year. Focus still remains on consolidating the ‘Prime Areas’ of learning and embedding independence skills needed for the move to school. However, for this age group, more emphasis is given to the ‘Specific Areas’ of learning also.
The ‘Specific Areas’ of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design
Learning experiences provide more challenge in these areas through slightly more structured adult-led activities which are fun and geared towards the individual child’s abilities, strengths and interests. Such activities take place when the individual child is ready. Some examples include greater exploration of books, building new vocabulary and exploring the meanings of new words. Mathematical activities include matching number to quantity, simple number problems and exploration of mathematical concepts such as weight, capacity and size.
We will also explore the natural world in more detail for example, growth and decay plus changes through the seasons. Children are also encouraged to express themselves creatively through role play and art based activities that encourage imagination.
All children will be prepared for transitions onto the next stage of their learning journey. For children in our Barn Owls group there will be preparations for the move to their Reception class through visits to their new schools, exploring their school's school uniform, along with teachers from their chosen school coming to preschool to meet the children.