Villa Kindergarten- Curriculum for Excellence.
The curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future. The attributes and capabilities of the four capacities are outlined below.
The guidance is structured under the headings of the eight curriculum areas:-
Expressive arts- Children and young people will develop, enhance and apply skills gained in the expressive arts in a very broad range of activities including role play, participation in whole school events, community events and outdoor learning. Such activities promote the development of skills in areas such as talking and working with others, and contribute greatly to children and young people’s mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
Health and wellbeing- Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
Language and Literacy- The development of literacy skills plays an important role in all learning to: communicate, collaborate and build relationships. Reflect on and explain children's literacy and thinking skills. It allows children to engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT.
Learning through language and literacy enables children to extend and enrich their vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.
Mathematics- Learning in Mathematics provides a rich and supportive learning environment that will support a skilful mix of a variety of approaches, including active learning and planned purposeful play, development of problem-solving capabilities, developing mental agility and using technology in appropriate and effective ways.
Religious and moral education- Learning through religious education enables children and young people to develop their knowledge and deepen their understanding of faith and religion. To understand and appreciate significant aspects of other Christian traditions and major world religions.
Sciences- Children and young people develop a range of analytical thinking skills in order to make sense of scientific evidence and concepts. This involves them being open to new ideas and linking and applying learning, thinking creatively and critically, developing skills of reasoning to provide explanations and evaluations, making predictions, generalisations and deductions and drawing conclusions based on reliable scientific evidence.
Social studies- Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances; they also develop their understanding of their environment and of how it has been shaped. Children and young people learn about human achievements and about how to make sense of changes in society, of conflicts and of environmental issues. With greater understanding comes the opportunity and ability to influence events by exercising informed and responsible citizenship.
Technologies- Practical activities in the technologies offer children and young people opportunities to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills. A capacity to work with others and take initiative, planning and organisational skills in a range of contexts, creativity and innovation, critical thinking through exploration and discovery within a range of learning contexts, discussion and debate, searching and retrieving information to inform thinking within diverse learning contexts.
The children in the 3-5 years playroom have access to all areas and equipment both indoors and outdoors. There is free flow access to the large back garden and children are free to choose where and what they would like to learn each day. Play is child led and staff follow children's lead and plan together to enhance and develop individual learning and development.