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Prime Areas of Learning

3 Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Making Relationships

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.  They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.  They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Self-confidence and self-awareness

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others.  They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.  They say when they do or don’t need help.


Managing feelings and behaviour

Children talk about how they and others show their feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is acceptable.  They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules.  They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routines in their stride.


Physical Development:

•Moving and handling

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movement.  They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.  They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. 


•Health and self-care

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.  They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

Communication and language:

•Listening and attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations.  They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.  They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.



Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.  They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.



Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.  They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.  They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events. 



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