This is the tenth blog in our series on the 7 areas of learning & development (L&D). So far we have looked at what the 7 areas of L&D are and have discussed why they are important. We have also looked at the three prime areas of learning & development: ‘Personal, Social & Emotional development’, ‘Communication & Language’, and ‘Physical Development’. We have also suggested activities that promote each of the aspects which sit within the areas.
We now move to look at the four specific areas of learning & development. The four specific areas build on the prime areas and are more relevant for older EYFS-aged children (two years plus). In this blog we focus on the ‘Literacy’ area. This area of L&D consists of 2 parts, which are known as ‘Aspects’. Each aspect leads to one of the 17 EYFS early learning goals (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five). The diagram below shows how the Literacy area is made up of two aspects and two early learning goals:
The EYFS framework document describes how “Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest”. The two aspects each support this aim.
In this blog we focus on the first aspect within the prime area of Literacy: Reading.
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It is worth noting that the allocation of activities to aspects and areas of L&D is often subjective and many activities cover more than one aspect and more than one area of L&D. Further the activities can cover multiple characteristics of effective learning and can be a mix of adult-led and child-initiated. So these are suggestions for you to adapt and work into your practice in a way that best suits you and your setting across all your planning. Always remember to supervise children and ensure the activity is safe and age and development-appropriate.
I hope these suggested activities have given you some inspiration. You could incorporate them into your planning as ad hoc activities or as part of a wider theme. For example the Letters in the sand activity could be part of a month’s theme on nature. In our next blog in the series we move to look at the second aspect within the Literacy area of L&D: Writing.
Thanks for reading,
Source used in the document:
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, DfE 2012
Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, DfE 2012
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