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:
Supporting children’s language development underpins our practice across all curriculum areas
Fostering a love of reading is an the heart of our curriculum with much of the children’s learning stemming for a rich range of high quality of texts
Children develop early reading skills through systematic and high quality phonics teaching
High quality interactions between adults and children, develop and extend children’s learning
Provision inspires children and fosters their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
Children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas, thoughts and opinions about their play activities
Activities are extended/modified according to the children interests and what they need further support with
There are strong links between home and school
Follow the links to read the EYFS statutory framework and development matters:
Assessment is based on the Reception Teams’ in depth knowledge of each child. This knowledge is developed through high quality interactions and informal observations of the children participating in a range of activities. Key aspects of the learning are captured in individual journals on Tapestry( an online education platform). Links between home and school are strengthened through these online journals, as parents are able to comment on their child’s learning and add their own contributions . We also have books where we keep a record of key learning in Religious Education and Writing.