Cheeky Chickens are children aged 4-5 years. They develop their social and emotional skills through play and games, through reading stories, through music and drama. They start learning to write Latin letters and begin basic phonics skills. They recognize numerals and understand early concepts like size, quantity, measurement, patterns. They continue to expand their knowledge about the world around them, people and cultures, and learn to appreciate nature and the environment.
Weekly Science, Dance and Karate Classes with outside teachers are a special feature in the program and complement children’s physical and cognitive development.
Communication and language
- Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important.
- Learn new vocabulary.
- Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them.
- Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.
- Describe events in some detail.
- Engage in storytimes.
- Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.
- Use new vocabulary in different contexts.
- Learn rhymes, poems and songs.
- Engage in non-fiction books.
Personal, social and emotional development
- See themselves as a valuable individual.
- Build constructive and respectful relationships.
- Express their feelings and consider the feelings of others.
- Show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
- Identify and moderate their own feelings socially and emotionally.
- Think about the perspectives of others.
- Manage their own needs.
- Refine fundamental movement skills: – rolling – crawling – walking – jumping – running – hopping – skipping – climbing.
- Develop the overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility.
- Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.
- Use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture when sitting at a table or sitting on the floor.
- Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting, and aiming.
- Know and talk about the different factors that support their overall health and wellbeing: – regular physical activity – healthy eating – toothbrushing – sensible amounts of ‘screen time’ – having a good sleep routine – being a safe pedestrian.
- Further develop the skills they need to manage the school day successfully: * lining up and queuing * mealtimes * personal hygiene.
- Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.
- Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter– sound correspondences.
- Read some letter groups that each represent one sound and say sounds for them.
- Form lower-case and capital letters correctly.
- Count objects, actions and sounds.
- Link the number symbol (numeral) with its cardinal number value.
- Count beyond ten.
- Compare numbers.
- Understand the ‘one more than/one less than’ relationship between consecutive numbers.
- Explore the composition of numbers to 10.
- Select, rotate and manipulate shapes in order to develop spatial reasoning skills.
- Continue, copy and create repeating patterns.
- Compare length, weight and capacity.
Understanding the world
- Talk about members of their immediate family and community.
- Name and describe people who are familiar to them.
- Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past.
- Draw information from a simple map.
- Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
- Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
- Explore the natural world around them.
- Describe what they see, hear and feel whilst outside.
- Recognise some environments that are different to the one in which they live.
- Understand the effect of changing seasons on the natural world around them
Expressive arts and design
- Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
- Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.
- Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
- Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
- Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
- Develop storylines in their pretend play.
Daily routine at ICCC (space for one picture)
8.00 am: arrival, play and small group activities
9.30 am: circle time and IEYC group activities
10.00 am: morning snack
10.30 am: IEYC/music/math/Jolly Phonic sessions
11.30 am: physical education and outdoor play
12.30 am: lunch
1.15 pm: relaxing time
1.30 pm: play and learning activities; ballet class (optional)
2.30 pm: dance class/ karate class/ science class
3.30 pm: afternoon snack and closing circle
4.00 pm: free play indoors or outdoors and pick up me
6.00 pm: school closes