Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Nursery and Reception classes are an integral part of our school and although the curriculum they follow is the EYFS Curriculum, it’s intent and purpose is the same as in our Main school. Our vision embeds all that we do and equips our children as life-long learners.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that the aims of the EYFS Curriculum as set out by the DFE are fully met. The curriculum is planned to provide a broad and balanced foundation for learning for all children and to ensure they develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of learning.

All staff are well qualified and knowledgeable about the typical development of children and their characteristics of learning and have extensive understanding of child development.

Our curriculum is designed to give children the skills they need to succeed. It is coherently planned and builds upon what children know and can do.

Staff ensure that the children develop skills across the seven areas of learning in an age –appropriate way. The Prime areas are well planned for and it is through these three areas that the specific areas are taught. There is a perfect balance between teacher and pupil initiated activities.

Purposeful, well planned play opportunities are provided which ensure the needs of all children are fully met. The staff manage the curriculum and pedagogy in relation to the learning needs of their children. The children learn through a topic based approach and a quality book is used as a stimulus for learning. The topic is chosen by the teacher but is based upon the children’s own interests and needs.

A discrete Phonics session is taught daily using the Letters and Sounds materials.

The mathematics curriculum is designed to ensure children develop a firm foundation on which to build new concepts. Children are encouraged to discuss their learning and question, investigate and problem-solve.

The value of stories, poems, rhymes and imaginative role-play is highly regarded and emphasised within the school day. Children develop their vocabulary and understanding of language across all areas of learning.

The outside environment and physical activity is crucial for young children. This environment is well planned for and accessible to the children all the time, regardless of the weather.  All opportunities for outdoor learning are well provided for.

There is a weekly Forest School for Nursery and Reception children and the children are encouraged to explore and make use of their environment in a creative way.

Links with parents are very strong. Parents are involved in all aspects of their children’s learning and there is regular dialogue between home and school.

The children enjoy their learning and form positive attitudes towards everything they do. They listen well, cooperate with one another and demonstrate attention, concentration and pride.

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)