3 – 4 years

  • This year focuses on preparing the children for school. They should become fully independent in their personal care and should be developing their knowledge of and involvement in class topics. Simple one-on-one assessments are performed and used to influence planning of further activities.

    Skills

    • Show independence and accomplish tasks on their own
    • Work on a simple task unaided whilst maintaining concentration
    • Hold a pencil correctly and make neat marks
    • Begin to form letters and, possibly, write their name
    • Recognise the written names of other children in the class
    • Recognise phonetic sounds and know that they relate to letters
    • Be entrusted with a simple task, such as tidying up, unaided by the teacher
    • Know names of a selection of countries and where they themselves are from
    • Execute nursery routines independent of the teacher or assistant
    • Work alone, in small groups and as a whole class.
    • Jump, catch a big ball, and roll a ball to a target.
    • Balance on one foot for 5 seconds.
    • Use appropriate word order in sentences
    • Colour appropriately and cut with accuracy
    • Connect a dotted line
    • Assemble a 10 piece puzzle
    • Know all common shapes and colours
    • Give personal information
    • Associate a letter with it’s sound
    • Associate a number with its digit
    • Recognise and repeat rhymes and songs
    • Begin to understand adding and taking away
    • Begin to negotiate and compromise
    • Listen to a variety of stories and non-fiction and engage in comparisons and prediction activities
    • Respond to a variety of music and compare different styles
    • Use instruments to make music
    • Carry out simple science investigations
    • Use the library to select, look at and return books. Carry out simple library trails
    • Be able to select and use a variety of art materials

    Concepts

    • Understand right and wrong and that their actions have consequences
    • Identify and deal with their feelings
    • Develop curiosity and want to explore and investigate
    • Begin to develop a sense of past, present and future
    • Have an understanding of what family means and their position in their own families
    • Understand and accept that sometimes they will be leader and sometimes follower, and that they will not always be the winner
    • Be able to express preferences and suggest new activities which they would like to try
    • Know that there are consequences to their behaviour
    • Understand a few simple opposites
    • Begin to express emotions in art activities
    • Have a developing sense of their own and other’s cultures
    • Be able to select resources and work independently
    • Show an increasing sensitivity to others
    • Understand and recognize the need for class rules and routines
    • Engage in self-directed learning activities