The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning and development programme is comprised of three prime areas of learning and four specific areas.
The three prime areas of learning underpin all that we do in the EYFS and are particularly important for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are:
Children are supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas of learning are:
Activities and experiences for children in all areas include:
Communication and language development, which involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.Communication and language development, which involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop
Personal, social and emotional development, which involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Our school farm area is utilised well by our early years children, they learn to understand the feelings and care of others as part of their day to day curriculum.
Literacy development, which involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters through the Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (stories, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics, which involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures
Understanding the world, which involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Physical development, which involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Expressive arts and design, which involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
As part of our transition programme, parents are invited to attend our ‘Good Start, Great Start Programme’. Both our reception class teachers are fully trained in the delivery of the programme and to train other staff members. We work closely with Middlesex University in the development of the programme, and to date have had a great deal of success.
We pride ourselves on child initiated learning. This approach involves really getting to know the children as unique individuals and allowing them to plan the interests that we cover. This embodies our whole school ethos of respecting the rights of the child.