Holt Farm Infant School
Ashingdon Road Rochford SS4 1RS
Tel: 01702 544058
Fax: 01702 530076
email: admin@holtfarm-inf.essex.sch.uk
Early Years Foundation Stage

Holt Farm Infants follows the Early Years Foudatin Stage curriculum guidance. Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

There are three prime areas

Communication and language

    Developing listening skills and attention

    Encouraging speaking to an audience

    Responding appropriate to others

    Being able to follow instructions

    Being able to express themselves effectively.

Physical development

    Developing hand control through threading, sewing etc.

    Tracing, colouring, cutting

    Increasing co-ordination

    Developing an awareness of health and self care

    Increasing independence

Personal, social and emotional development.

    Snack Time

    Simple problem solving

    Learning how to play, co-operate, to be tolerant, taking turns and sharing

    Exploring the environment

    Developing self-esteem and respect for others

    Developing independence

    These prime areas are those most essential for a child's healthy development and future learning.

    As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas of learning:

  • Encouraging a love of books

  • Pre-reading skills

  • Learning to write own name

  • Encouraging writing skills

  • A school readking book brough home to "share" with family

  • Sorting, counting, comparing, sequencing

  • First hand experiences

  • Learning about pattern and shape

  • Simple problem solving

  • Sand and water play (volume, capacity and weight)

  • Number recognition and mental strategies

Understanding the world
  • Our families, our environment, our locality

  • Living things and changes

  • Questioning and gathering information

  • Technology

Expressive arts and design
  • Expressing ideas

  • Imaginative play

  • Art and craft activities

  • Music, movement and drama activities

  • Exploring and using media and materials

These four areas are used to plan each child's learning and activities. The staff teaching and supporting pupils will ensure that the activities are suited to individual needs. The curriculum is deisgned to be flexible to follow each child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing an exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which take splace both indoors and outside. In the Foundation Sage the children learn through following topics which provide them with all sorts of opportunities to cover the curriculum and to learn through play. These topics include:

  • Rhymes

  • People who help us

  • Colour

  • Travelling

  • Animals

  • The weather