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The aim of this report is to examine the themes and characteristics of the curriculum framework for children 3 to 5 and evaluate its effectiveness in meeting the needs of children. The first section of this report

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Report Curriculum Framework For Children 3 to 5 Acknowledgements Thank you to all who helped at the local nursery. (See Appendices) List of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5 Aims and Objectives Content Context Process of Learning 3. Evaluation 4. Conclusion and Recommendation 5. References Course notes Books 6. Appendices Appendix A Appendix B 1. Introduction The aim of this report is to examine the themes and characteristics of the curriculum framework for children 3 to 5 and evaluate its effectiveness in meeting the needs of children. The first section of this report is the aims and objectives of the curriculum framework and the second section is the content of the curriculum framework, which looks in more detail at the development of children and how to implement the curriculum. The third section is the context of the curriculum and it involves the environmental and interpersonal contexts as well as the hidden curriculum and explains the importance of them. The final section looks at how practitioners plan and implement the curriculum framework into the nursery setting. Each of the sections will now be looked at in turn in more detail. 2. Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5 Aims and Objectives There are three key words used in the aims for the curriculum framework for children 3 to 5 they are promote, provide and encourage. The curriculum framework aims to create a setting where children feel happy and secure in a safe and stimulating environment and encourage the development of children in all areas of development, which includes physical, intellectual, language, emotional, social and creative development. ...read more.

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(The Scottish Office, 1999) Expressive and aesthetic development and the physical development and movement aspects are very much inter-related because fine motor skills are needed to use a variety of mediums and techniques such as drawing, printing and painting and will lead onto future writing skills too. Balance and co-ordination are needed as well for children to express themselves through percussion instruments and clapping to music. (The Scottish Office, 1999) Context The environmental and interpersonal contexts can shape a child's learning and development. Children need to be able to make their own choices where ever possible Plato said "compulsory physical exercise does no harm to the body but compulsory learning never sticks in the mind"(Whitebread, 2003) therefore an environment that is well planned and enables the child to experiment and do what they want will help them to develop interests, skills and knowledge that will stay with them for life. A nursery should consider health and safety when arranging their lay out without compromising the child's needs for plenty of choice but also so that the child can see clear areas where different activities can be done this can be shown through the use of screens and shelves to help define the areas. Resources, tools and equipment are an important part of the environment too. All resources should reflect positive images and the tools and equipment should be the genuine article where ever possible for example scissors for cutting paper and knives for buttering bread although again the child's health and safety should be considered. ...read more.

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The curriculum is based on five key aspects, which cover all the areas of a child's development. These aspects look at how a child's developmental needs can be best met and give examples of how they can be implemented. The environmental and interpersonal contexts are extremely important to the future learning capabilities of children. The setting has to be conducive to the task required which means it has to meet all aspects of the curriculum. The relationship between staff and the children in their care is important so that the child feels valued and can gain the confidence to explore their environment. The hidden curriculum is hard to see and control as a practitioner, because your actions could be subliminal. Both practitioners and parents feel that the curriculum meets the needs of their children at the moment but feel that it needs to be improved through more spontaneous activities and outdoor exploration. 4. Conclusion and Recommendation Although the curriculum framework is very good it could be argued that it is too structured which means it does not leave enough room for spontaneity. There is also room for improvement in the physical aspect of the curriculum through outdoor play and exploration. One way of making more flexibility in the structure of the curriculum would be to have a free play area where the children can choose what they want to do as oppose to those activities chosen by the staff. Another way that the curriculum could be improved it to recommend access to an outdoor area in which children can nurture things and see them grow as well as being able to have the freedom to run unfettered. End Word Count: 1968 5. ...read more.

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