The EYFS Framework (2021) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
Curriculum Intent: EYFS
At Our Lady of Lourdes we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children continue to build upon. Our children are bursting with awe and wonder, fun and joy.
We work closely with parents to get to know our families and encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school to reach their full potential from their individual starting points.
Through a combination of teacher input and continuous provision opportunities, learning is planned to encourage children to develop their learning independently through exploration and challenge. Children’s interests are recognised and used to plan learning opportunities to support their development in line with the seven areas of learning.
Our learning environments, both inside and outside, are stimulating and exciting, and relevant to the needs and age range of our children.
Children have the opportunity to develop their social skills and form positive relationships with adults and peers. They are given a safe and nurturing environment where they can practise different skills.
Everything we do is underpinned by our core values of love, learn, grow and inspire.
For further information on our Early Years please see our Early Years brochure, which will give you further details about our ethos, environment and how we involve you as parents and carers. Our EYFS policy will also give you some more information.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are the ways in which children learn.
Together, they underpin learning and development across all areas and support children to be effective and motivated learners.
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
- creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Our curriculum is shaped by the whole school vision of getting to know our pupils well, enabling us to support and challenge them to be the best they can be. The core values of our school, respect, friendship, excellence and care are at the heart of everything we do and underpin daily life within EYFS.
The principles that guide the work in the EYFS are grouped into 4 themes:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
The EYFS Curriculum consists of the seven areas of Learning and Development. There are three prime and four specific areas. RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World, we follow the Come and See framework.
Here at Our Lady of Lourdes, we provide a language rich environment that ensures children are exposed to a wide range of both spoken and written vocabulary. Children are supported to use ambitious vocabulary and understand this through discussion with teachers as part of communication and language development.
Aspirations For The Future
We provide the foundations so that our young learners are ready to thrive socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively in the next phase of their education in Key Stage 1 and for life- long learning.
The areas of learning from the EYFS curriculum dovetail into National Curriculum subjects and links are made to enable children to begin to develop an awareness of the learning and characteristics for each subject. This enable children to make connections in their learning and provides the foundation for vertical accumulation of knowledge, understanding and skills.
Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are continually observed, celebrated and assessed to identify next steps. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. This is reported to parents via the EYFS Profile at the end of the Reception year. The Reception checkpoints are used throughout the year to monitor the progress each child is making. Please see our Early Learning Goals document to find out what the children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.
Children in Reception also take part in The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA). This is a short assessment, taken in the first six weeks in which a child starts reception.