Pre-school Curriculum

At Cudham C.E. Pre-School we follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This outlines seven areas of learning and development, which are all equally important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and building relationships. These areas are called the prime areas:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.

These skills are strengthened and applied through four specific areas:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design

Learning through play

All the resources and activities we supply are designed to encourage learning within these seven areas. It is the job of our skilled staff to help children to play, explore and experiment in ways that develop and consolidate learning and new skills. This is just some of the ways in which our pre-schoolers learn through their play:

  • Measuring ingredients to make cakes, porridge or sandwiches;
  • Marching around the room playing instruments in a band;
  • Running a greengrocers shop selling healthy food;
  • Making marks and patterns in sand, sawdust, corn flour and shaving foam;
  • Staging puppet shows with funny voices;
  • Being part of a team and running races in sports day;
  • Sticking wool, beads, paper and shapes to make masks, cameras and puppets;
  • Dressing up as vets and caring for cuddly animals in an animal hospital;
  • Mixing paints to discover new colours;
  • Counting the snails in our tank and comparing their sizes;
  • Making up rhyming strings of nonsense words;
  • Using bricks to construct obstacle courses for action figures;
  • Performing songs for an audience of parents, carers and friends;
  • Digging for numbers hidden in the sand tray;
  • Using chalk, water, paint, crayons, pens or pencils to write and draw;
  • Making weather with water and sponges;
  • Gaining control over fingers by using tweezers to pick up buttons;
  • Using tools to cut, shape and mould play dough into pizzas, cupcakes, ice creams…;
  • Sharing and riding tricycles, mini-cars and scooters;
  • Making the noises and actions to bring a story alive;
  • Caring for dolls by feeding, bathing, dressing and tucking them up; and
  • Using our imagination to turn boxes into ….anything!