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In the Early Years Foundation Stage our students are aged between three and five years old. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start to their school life, and we strive to give all our children the support and nurturing that enables them to fulfil their potential.
We want our students to learn and develop well and ensure they are kept healthy and safe. The Foundation Stage is a vital time in which our children settle into school life and are supported to become happy, confident, independent learners.
Excellent teaching and learning give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for good future progress through school and life.
OVERVIEW OF EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
The curriculum covers seven areas of learning, consisting of three prime areas and four specific areas. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
The curriculum also develops the three key characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.
These areas of learning and in-depth knowledge of the children’s next steps are used to plan activities for the children based on their individual development, interests and learning needs. The learning objectives are delivered through a combination of planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated independent activities, more focused regular whole-class teaching sessions and small guided group work. These all aim to interest and motivate children so that they develop a love of learning. In phonics we follow the programme Essential Letters and Sounds and in Maths are guided by the White Rose, Maths Mastery Programme. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors and we deliver the curriculum through a range of exciting topics.
Early Learning Goals
Progress is closely monitored by our experienced Early Years staff and recorded in individual student profiles online, on a programme called Tapestry, and from September we will be beginning special books. Tapestry allows parents to get regular updates about their child’s learning and next steps and it enables them to easily contribute to their child’s profile throughout the year, leading to a well-rounded picture of each child. At the end of the foundation stage, an EYFS profile will be completed for each child and shared with their parents/carers. Parents are made aware of their child’s progress at regular intervals throughout the year and communication is regular, ensuring that children are supported by a strong home school partnership.
Communication and Language
Listening, Attention and Understanding
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self – Regulation
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.
Specific Areas of Learning
Understanding of the World
Past and Present
People, Culture and Communities
The Natural World