Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Curriculum
The curriculum is organised into Three Prime Areas
- Communication and Listening which includes listening and attention, understanding and speaking.
- Physical Development which includes moving and handling, health and self-care.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development which includes self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships.
Four Specific areas
- Literacy which includes reading and writing.
- Mathematics which includes numbers and shape space and measure.
- Understanding the World which includes the world and finding out about people and communities, technology.
- Expressive Arts and Design which includes exploring and using media and materials (responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas) and being imaginative (creating music, dance and developing imagination through imaginative play.
We value a learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, which is carefully organised to enable children to develop and demonstrate characteristics of effective learning. Children are given free access to the outdoor learning space. Adults support children in playing and exploring, active learning and developing creativity and critically thinking.
Our literacy is based around a story for the week. The story is used to guide 'literacy adventures' where children are given the opportunity to develop their imaginative language and take roles of different characters. Furthermore, it promotes children’s listening, attention, speaking and physical development. We use the literacy adventure to support our writing.
Magic maths is a fun and engaging way to teach maths within the early years. It provides children with the opportunity to learn and apply a range of maths skills including number and shape, space and measure.
Partnership with Parents.
We believe that parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. Working with parents within the Early Years has a positive impact on children’s development and learning. We encourage parents to contribute to our assessments through online learning journeys..
Self-Help and Independence
Through Reception we work to support the children’s growing independence and self-help skills. They are positively encouraged to do things for themselves. We support children’s growing independence as they do things for themselves, such as dressing themselves.
Observation and Assessment
On entry to Reception, information is collected from parents to help establish where the child is in relation to the development matters age-related bands. This information along with pre-school assessments and our observations provide a baseline assessment. There are ongoing formative and summative assessments to ensure that practitioners have a clear understanding of a child’s progress across all areas of learning and development. Observations and assessments are kept in an individual child’s learning journey, which is available for parents to read and to contribute. In the final term of Reception the EYFS profile is completed.
We follow the school's safeguarding policy and procedures.