Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
The activities that are provided for our young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals.

There are 7 areas of learning development (Prime Areas Specific Areas). All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Most activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development.

AREAS OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

PRIME AREAS

Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behavior in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations

SPECIFIC AREAS

Four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These 4 areas are:

LITERACY

development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

MATHEMATICS

involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

A world of learners where children gain a passport to the world

PROGRAM FOCUS

Steps done with heart, soul, mind & strength

Throughout the year, the EYFS team make observations about the progress of your child. They record what they see and hear and use evidence such as photographs, narrative and noting short observations alongside pupils’ work and discussions to help create your child’s profile. This provides a wealth of evidence to support the small steps of progression taking place in accordance with the EYFS. Assessments are then used to plan the next steps of experiences, opportunities, learning environment, resources, routines and the practitioners’ role within the individual child’s learning journey and to complete the end of year profile.

Learning
Creativity
Fun
Play

Music is incorporated into the curriculum. There is an opportunity for children to try different sounds, rhythms and textures on a variety of musical instruments. They experience a range of sensory exploration as well as engage in purposeful accompaniment with familiar action songs and rhymes as well as learning new songs.

Throughout the year all pupils are provided with the opportunity to listen to different musicians perform and different genres of music.

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Creativity
Learning
Play
Fun

In the EYFS years,  we feel it is particularly important to provide an opportunity to visit a range of everyday places of interest. Children learn how to behave when away from the classroom and home environment as well as discover the community and world around them. Places they may visit will include local shops,  places of interest etc.

Learning
Creativity
Fun
Play

In planning and guiding children’s activities practitioners reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

    • Playing and exploring – engagement

Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go’

    • Active learning – motivation

Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

    • Creating and thinking critically – thinking

Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things

ENHANCED PROVISION

Throughout EYFS years there will be areas which provide enhanced space within an enabling environment and continuous provision to support play, development and learning. Emphasis is given to both the indoor and outdoor provision and may include experiences of bikes and scooters, sensory play, exploration of natural objects, mark making opportunities, sharing books, small world, role play imaginary play, instruments to play and ‘cosy corners’, dens and tunnels to relax and explore.
Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a combination of:

  • Child initiated activities –pupils are given a choice from a range of structured activities with an adult hand to model and support
  • Adult led activities – a planned activity with learning objectives pitched individually, working one to one or in small groups
  • Individual learning targets- these are two or three targets decided upon with parents and the class teacher during arranged ‘learning conversations’ each term. They are specifically related to the needs of the child. Staff then focus on these during the school week as frequently as possible.

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