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We learn through play: #beingme

Curriculum for Excellence Early Level Outcomes:

These are the outconmes we work to, to ensure the children receive a well-rounded learning experience at nursery.

Expressive arts
Art and design

I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials.

I can create a range of visual information through observing and recording from my experiences across the curriculum.

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.

Working on my own and with others, I use my curiosity and imagination to solve design problems.

I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.

Dance

I have the opportunity and freedom to choose and explore ways that I can move rhythmically, expressively and playfully.

Inspired by a range of stimuli, i can express my ideas, thoughts and feelings, through creative work in dance.

I have opportunities to enjoy taking part in dance experiences.

I can respond to the experience of dance by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.

Drama

I have the freedom to choose and explore how I can use my voice, movement, and expression in role play and drama.

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama.

I use drama to explore real and imaginary situations, helping me to understand my world.

I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.

Music

I enjoy singing and playing along to music of different styles and cultures.

I have the freedom to use my voice, musical instruments and music technology to discover and enjoy playing with sound and rhythm.

Inspired by a range of stimuli, and working on my own and/or with others, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through musical activities.

I can respond to music by describing my thoughts and feelings about my own and others’ work.

 

Health and Wellbeing

Relationships, sexual health and parenthood

I am aware of how friendships are formed and that likes, dislikes, special qualities and needs can influence relationships.

I understand positive things about friendships and relationships but when something worries or upsets me I know who I should talk to.

I know that there are people in our lives who care for and look after us and I am aware that people may be cared for by parents, carers or other adults.

I am aware of the need to respect personal space and boundaries and can recognise and respond appropriately to verbal and non-verbal communication.

I recognise that we have similarities and differences but are all unique.

I am aware of my growing body and I am learning the correct names for its different parts and how they work.

I am learning what I can do to look after my body and who can help me.

I am learning about respect for my body and what behaviour is right and wrong. I know who I should talk to if I am worried about this.

I am learning about where living things come from and about how they grow, develop and are nurtured.

I am able to show an awareness of the tasks required to look after a baby.

Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing


I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.


I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.


I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.


I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.

I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

As I explore the rights to which I and others are entitled, I am able to exercise these rights appropriately and accept the responsibilities that go with them. I show respect for the rights of others.

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all.

I make full use of and value the opportunities I am given to improve and manage my learning and, in turn, I can help to encourage learning and confidence in others.

Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society.

Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part in bringing about positive change in my school and wider community.

I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.

I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.

I know and can demonstrate how to travel safely.

In everyday activity and play, I explore and make choices to develop my learning and interests. I am encouraged to use and share my experiences.

I can describe some of the kinds of work that people do and I am finding out about the wider world of work.

Food and health

I enjoy eating a diversity of foods in a range of social situations.

Together we enjoy handling, tasting, talking and learning about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help us to grow and keep healthy.

I know that people need different kinds of food to keep them healthy.

I am becoming aware of how cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and I apply this knowledge in my everyday routines such as taking care of my teeth.

I explore and discover where foods come from as I choose, prepare and taste different foods.

Physical education, physical activity and sport

I am learning to move my body well, exploring how to manage and control it and finding out how to use and share space.

I am developing my movement skills through practice and energetic play.

I am aware of my own and others’ needs and feelings especially when taking turns and sharing resources. I recognise the need to follow rules.

By exploring and observing movement, I can describe what I have learned about it.

I am enjoying daily opportunities to participate in different kinds of energetic play, both outdoors and indoors.

I know that being active is a healthy way to be.

I can describe how I feel after taking part in energetic activities and I am becoming aware of some of the changes that take place in my body.

Substance misuse

I understand there are things I should not touch or eat and how to keep myself safe, and I am learning what is meant by medicines and harmful substances.

I can show ways of getting help in unsafe situations and emergencies.

Literacy

Listening and talking

I enjoy exploring and playing with the patterns and sounds of language, and can use what I learn.

I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to, and can share my likes and dislikes.

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways.

As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.

I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things.

To help me understand stories and other texts, I ask questions and link what I am learning with what I already know.

Within real and imaginary situations, I share experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message.

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts and I use what I learn to invent my own, sharing these with others in imaginative ways

As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Reading

I enjoy exploring and playing with the patterns and sounds of language and can use what I learn.

I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to, and can share my likes and dislikes

I explore sounds, letters and words, discovering how they work together, and I can use what I learn to help me as I read and write.

I use signs, books or other texts to find useful or interesting information and I use this to plan, make choices or learn new things

To help me understand stories and other texts, I ask questions and link what I am learning with what I already know.

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways.

Writing

I enjoy exploring and playing with the patterns and sounds of language and can use what I learn.

I explore sounds, letters and words, discovering how they work together, and I can use what I learn to help me as I read or write

As I play and learn, I enjoy exploring interesting materials for writing and different ways of recording my experiences and feelings, ideas and information.

Within real and imaginary situations, I share experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts and I use what I learn to invent my own, sharing these with others in imaginative ways.

Maths

Number, money and measure

I am developing a sense of size and amount by observing, exploring, using and communicating with others about things in the world around me.

I have explored numbers, understanding that they represent quantities, and I can use them to count, create sequences and describe order.

I use practical materials and can ‘count on and back’ to help me to understand addition and subtraction, recording my ideas and solutions in different ways.

I can share out a group of items by making smaller groups and can split a whole object into smaller parts.

I am developing my awareness of how money is used and can recognise and use a range of coins.

I am aware of how routines and events in my world link with times and seasons, and have explored ways to record and display these using clocks, calendars and other methods

I have experimented with everyday items as units of measure to investigate and compare sizes and amounts in my environment, sharing my findings with others.

I have spotted and explored patterns in my own and the wider environment and can copy and continue these and create my own patterns.

Shape, position and movement

I enjoy investigating objects and shapes and can sort, describe and be creative with them.

In movement, games, and using technology I can use simple directions and describe positions.

I have had fun creating a range of symmetrical pictures and patterns using a range of media.

Information handling

I can collect objects and ask questions to gather information, organising and displaying my findings in different ways.

I can match objects, and sort using my own and others’ criteria, sharing my ideas with others.

I can use the signs and charts around me for information, helping me plan and make choices and decisions in my daily life.

Religious studies

Christianity
As I explore Christian stories, images, music and poems, I am becoming familiar with some beliefs Christian people have about God and Jesus.

As I play and learn, I am developing my understanding of what is fair and unfair and the importance of caring for, sharing and cooperating with others.

I am becoming aware of the importance of celebrations, festivals and customs in Christian people’s lives.

World religions selected for study

As I explore stories, images, music and poems, I am becoming familiar with the beliefs of the world religions I am learning about.

As I play and learn, I am developing my understanding of what is fair and unfair and the importance of caring for, sharing and cooperating with others.

I am becoming aware of the importance of celebrations, festivals and customs in religious people’s lives.

Development of beliefs and values

I am developing respect for others and my understanding of their beliefs and values
As I play and learn, I am developing my understanding of what is fair and unfair and why caring and sharing are important.

Sciences

Planet Earth

I have observed living things in the environment over time and am becoming aware of how they depend on each other.

I have helped to grow plants and can name their basic parts. I can talk about how they grow and what I need to do to look after them.

I have experienced, used and described a wide range of toys and common appliances. I can say ‘what makes it go’ and say what they do when they work.

By investigating how water can change from one form to another, I can relate my findings to everyday experiences.

I have experienced the wonder of looking at the vastness of the sky, and can recognise the sun, moon and stars and link them to daily patterns of life.


Forces, electricity and waves

Through everyday experiences and play with a variety of toys and other objects, I can recognise simple types of forces and describe their effects.

I know how to stay safe when using electricity. I have helped to make a display to show the importance of electricity in our daily lives.

Through play, I have explored a variety of ways of making sounds.

Materials

Through creative play, I explore different materials and can share my reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes.

Topical science

I can talk about science stories to develop my understanding of science and the world around me.

Biological systems

I am aware of my growing body and I am learning the correct names for its different parts and how they work.

I can identify my senses and use them to explore the world around me.

I recognise that we have similarities and differences but are all unique.

Social Studies

People, past events and societies

I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the past.

I can make a personal link to the past by exploring items or images connected with important individuals or special events in my life.

I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me.

People, place and environment

I explore and discover the interesting features of my local environment to develop an awareness of the world around me.

I explore and appreciate the wonder of nature within different environments and have played a part in caring for the environment.

I explore and discover where foods come from as I choose, prepare and taste different foods.

I have experimented with imaginative ways such as modelling and drawing, to represent the world around me, the journeys I make and the different ways I can travel.

While learning outdoors in differing weathers, I have described and recorded the weather, its effects and how it makes me feel and can relate my recordings to the seasons.

People in society, economy and business

I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the world around me.

By exploring my local community, I have discovered the different roles people play and how they can help.

I make decisions and take responsibility in my everyday experiences and play, showing consideration for others.

Within my everyday experiences and play, I make choices about where I work, how I work and who I work with.

In real-life settings and imaginary play, I explore how local shops and services provide us with what we need in our daily lives.

Technologies

Technological developments in society

I enjoy playing with and exploring technologies to discover what they can do and how they can help us.

Within and beyond my place of learning, I can reduce, re-use and recycle resources I use, to help care for the environment.

ICT to enhance learning

I explore software and use what I learn to solve problems and present my ideas, thoughts, or information.

I enjoy exploring and using technologies to communicate with others within and beyond my place of learning.

I enjoy taking photographs or recording sound and images to represent my experiences and the world around me.

Computing science contexts for developing technological skills and knowledge

I am developing problem-solving strategies, navigation and co-ordination skills, as I play and learn with electronic games, remote control or programmable toys.

Food and textiles contexts for developing technological skills and knowledge.

Together we enjoy handling, tasting, talking and learning about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help us to grow and keep healthy.

I explore and discover where foods come from as I choose, prepare and taste different foods.

Throughout my learning, I share my thoughts with others to help further develop ideas and solve problems.

Craft, design, engineering and graphics contexts for developing technological skills and knowledge

Within real and imaginary settings, I am developing my practical skills as I select and work with a range of materials, tools and software.

Through discovery, natural curiosity and imagination, I explore ways to construct models or solve problems.

Throughout my learning, I explore and discover different ways of representing my ideas in imaginative ways.

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