The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based around four themes, each of which is linked to an important principle that we embrace throughout our school and which is reflected within our creative curriculum and its delivery. They are:-
- A Unique Child
- Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through the development of caring, secure and positive relationships with parents/carers and the teacher/teaching assistant who are supporting them within their class.
The internal and external environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. The framework covers the education and care of all children in the early years, provision, including children with special needs and disabilities.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS). Your child will be engaged in a variety of activities, providing a balanced and stimulating curriculum which will develop each child's potential.
There are three prime areas and four specific areas of learning in the Foundation Stage Framework curriculum:-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
Communication and Language
In the Prime Areas, the children learn to:
- Share, take turns and develop respect for each other.
- Make friends and become confident independent learners.
- Behave appropriately when playing with others.
- Listen to others and understand spoken language to enable children to follow instructions correctly.
- Learn new words rapidly, use them in conversations and develop their own narratives and explanations.
- Join in conversations with adults and children.
- Develop control of their bodies using both large scale movements such as running and jumping and small scale movements such as holding pencils and using scissors.
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design.
In the Specific Areas, the children learn to:-
- Enjoy sharing books and stories with adults and friends.
- Begin to read simple sentences using phonic knowledge to decode regular words.
- Draw, make marks, write letters, words and simple sentences.
- Count accurately groups of objects and recognise numerals.
- Add, subtract and problem solve during practical activities.
- Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, distance, time, money and shape.
- Look closely at how things work, why things happen, living things and the natural world.
- Use ICT equipment, e.g. Programmable toys and computers.
- Be imaginative, sing songs, dance and create fantastic models, drawings, paintings and stories.
The children’s learning is further enhanced by the use of the Wild Garden, school grounds, IT suite, library, and school hall for dance and P.E. The children also join the school for some assemblies and other special activities. This enables us to feel part of a larger community.
For details of the Foundation Stage Curriculum please see the Statutory Framework for Early Years below