7 areas of Learning & Development - Mill Hill Schools

7 areas of Learning & Development

Communication and language

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and Self-care

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene

Personal, social and emotional development

Making Relationships

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Self-confidence and Self-awareness

Children are confident to try new activities. They are confident to speak in a familiar group. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations.

Literacy

Reading

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words. They also read some common irregular words.

Writing

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Mathematics

Numbers

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Space, Shape and Measure

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes.

Understanding the world

People and Communities

Children talk about past and present events. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and among families, communities and traditions.

The World

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur.

Technology

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Children sing songs, make music and dance. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques.

Being Imaginative

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.