Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Statement

We believe that every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

We aim to provide an environment which enables pupils to develop positive relationships and learn through experiences and in a playful way igniting their natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

We recognise that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and aim to provide appropriate learning experiences for every child, covering all the areas of learning and development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is split into Prime and Specific areas. Within these there are seven areas of learning and development

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
    We support the children’s language development focusing on the three aspects in this area which are listening and attention, understanding and speaking. All adults working with the children use a good level of standard English and encourage the children through modelling to speak clearly and widen there vocabulary by introducing new words.
  • Physical development
    There are two aspects to this area of learning; moving and handling and health and self-care. The children are encouraged to be independent and responsible for their own belongings and basic needs. During P.E sessions and outside play the children work on specific gross and fine motor skills.
  • Personal, Social and emotional development
    The children are supported by the Early Years team to develop in the three aspects; Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour. The children are supported to make positive friendships, manage their own behaviour and develop their confidence.

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
    Literacy is divided into reading and writing. Both of these aspects are underpinned by a rigorous phonics programme in reception. The children are given opportunities to develop and apply a range of reading and writing skills during phonics teaching and their own self-initiated learning time.
  • Mathematics
    Mathematics is split into the aspects of number and shape, space and measures. The children are taught through a mixture of discrete teaching in whole class and small groups and through carefully planned play experiences.
  • Understanding the world
    Understanding the world encompasses the more traditional school subjects of science, geography, technology, RE and History. In the EYFS these are split into the aspects: people and communities, the world and technology. Our pupils learn about the world around them through outdoor play experiences and local area trips. We also learn about a range of festivals and celebrations from around the world and the children are taught to log on to the schools computers and use age appropriate software.
  • Expressive arts and design
    Expressive arts and design includes art, music, dance and imaginative play. The children are provided with a wide range of playful experiences across these areas to develop their use of various media and their imagination.