Curriculum Overview

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS we have a play based approach to learning and follow the children’s interests.  There are 7 areas of learning and 17 Early Learning Goals which the children work towards throughout the year.

The Prime areas are fundamental and ensure that children can develop in all other areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to engage successfully in the world around them:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We recognise that all children are individuals and will develop at different rates and in different ways.  We use observations and assessments to carefully plan the next steps in a child’s learning.  We follow children’s interest to engage, enthuse and motivate them.

Each day the children have opportunities for uninterrupted child initiated play and adult led play.  The children also participate in small group time and large group time activities.  The children have free flow access to the outdoor environment and recognise the importance of both indoor and outdoor learning.

To ensure that all children learn and make progress we ensure that:

  • Children feel safe and secure within the school community and develop effective relationships with adults in the environment
  • Children experience learning through a variety of ways including activities and ideas that they initiate and opportunities that practitioners led or introduce
  • Children are given time to investigate and explore their ideas and interests in depth.  We encourage and support them to make links within their learning
  • Children are encouraged to participate in a range of creative and imaginative play activities that promote the development the use of language

Characteristic of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning thread through all areas of learning and are a fundamental part of children’s development.  The characteristics are:

Playing and Exploring (engagement)

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning (motivation)

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping on trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and Thinking Critically (thinking)

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things