The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) forms the basis of our curriculum in the Kindergarten, Pre‑Reception and Reception classes. We achieve the goals of each of the seven areas of learning through thoughtful planning of the learning environment and experiences which are tailored to every child’s needs.
Our outdoor environment plays an important role in delivering the curriculum. The Kindergarten and Pre‑Reception classes have free‑flow access to their own covered outdoor space, while the Reception children benefit from timetabled access to the playground, trim trail and outdoor classrooms.
We provide specialist teaching from Pre‑Reception onward for music, dance and gym, and we add French in Reception. From the latter part of the Pre‑Reception year, we increasingly introduce structured, teacher‑led lessons, especially in mathematics and literacy. Mathematics is taught through many practical activities and plays an important role in the wide variety of topics we use to promote learning across the curriculum. The literacy work is strongly linked to a synthetic phonic approach using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’.
The EYFS is the statutory framework which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. It promotes teaching and learning that ensure children’s ‘school readiness’, and gives them the broad range of knowledge and skills which provide the right foundation for positive future progress through school and life.
It is comprised of four guiding themes. The three themes of ‘a unique child’, ‘positive relationships’ and ‘enabling environments’ underpin and support the fourth theme of ‘learning development”, which is divided into two groups with a total of seven areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Language and communication
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
For each area of learning, we plan for and provide a wide range of activities and opportunities which build on and extend what children already know and are interested in. They are designed to motivate, support and meet the developmental needs of each child, helping them to be involved, concentrate and learn effectively.