If your child is in their first year of school or goes to a nursery, pre-school or childminder, your child will be following a curriculum called.

Seven areas of learning

There are seven areas of learning. The areas of development are split into two groups: Prime and Specific. The prime areas are the ones that have been shaded in the chart.

Area of learning What it covers
Prime areas of learning
Personal, social and emotional development Skills that your child needs to make friends, feel good and behave appropriate for their age
Communication and language Skills that your child needs to talk, listen and to understand others
Physical development Skills that your child needs to move safely, use their hands and also to take care of themselves
Specific areas of learning
Literacy development Skills and knowledge that your child will need in order to read and write later on
Mathematical development Skills and knowledge that your child is needed for your child to understand and apply simple mathematical concepts
Understanding the World Skills and knowledge to help your child with later science, history and geography
Expressive arts and design Skills and knowledge to help your child later with drama, art and music