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Curriculum for Excellence

The importance of pre-school education

 

The vital contribution of pre-school education lies in developing and broadening the range of children’s learning experiences, to leave them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners who are looking forward to school.

 

                                                    A Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5

 


Since 2006 Replico has been pioneering innovative expressive arts strategies

for early years. Projects have been designed in consultation with early years staff and management and delivered by experienced arts in education specialists.

 

Each learning experience focuses on raising achievement with special emphasis on literacy and numeracy while recognising the value of free play in an enjoyable and safe learning environment. Child-centred activities engage with A Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5 (see below) using a combination of familiar texts and newly developed material as a stimulus. Evaluations using Child at the Centre have all indicated strong approval. (See Downloads)

 


Reaching Out to Reggio

 

More recently, we have conducted research into The Reggio Approach and discovered a wealth of links to CfE. Our DVD Reaching Out to Reggio documents a series of workshops with complementary CPD commissioned by East Ayrshire Council in 2009. It features activity sessions and comments from staff and is due for regional release as a model of good practice and the basis of future CPD.

 

 

Key success factors         Child-centred approach

                                            Active learning

                                            Emphasis on literacy & numeracy

                                            Documentation (DVD)

                                            Pupil, staff and parental inclusion

                                              

   

Strategies for active learning include -

 

Games                              Words, letters, numbers, counting

Drama                               Interactive stories, role play, characters

Music and movement      Songs, rhymes, percussion, mime, dance, puppetry

Illustration                        Painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, digital

 

 


Titles include -

The Gruffalo. The Princess and the Wizard, The Smartest Giant in Town,

The Night Pirates, How to Catch a Star, The Blue Balloon

 

Key aspects of children’s development and learning

 

Emotional, personal and social development

Turn taking / Sharing. Social skills. Confidence / Self esteem

 

Communication and language

Listening and talking. Extending vocabulary. Letter and word recognition.

Appreciation of books.

 

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Nature / Technology. People and places. Numbers and sequences.

 

Expressive and aesthetic development

Colours / Shapes. Spontaneity. Imagination / Curiosity

 

Physical development and movement

Rhythms. Co-ordination. Exercise

 

Project outlines, lesson plans and evaluations can be found in Downloads.

Early Years