The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year based upon four principles: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development
The Characteristics of Effective Learning support these four principles and are a key part of our Early Years Curriculum. These are grouped into three categories:
Playing and Learning
Creating and Thinking Critically
There are seven areas of learning in the EYFS curriculum.
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for helping their capacity to learn.
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are then four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
We will ensure that:
teaching and learning activities engage and motivate children to learn, and foster their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
there are focused activities to support, develop and extend children’s learning at their own pace
children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas, thoughts and opinions about their play activities
activities are extended/modified according to what the children like/find tricky.
there are strong links between home and school, and the importance of We Aim High
parental partnership in their children’s learning is recognised, valued and developed.
Follow the links to read the EYFS statutory framework and development matters:
Assessment in the EYFS is carried out through informal observations of the children participating in a range of activities and is recorded in Celebration Books. The Celebration Books contain photos, children’s work and written ‘snap shot observations’ which show engagement, attainment and progress. This information is also captured in the children’s Literacy, Mathematics and Religious Education Books.