Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework
The EYFS Framework (2012) explains how and what children in our EYFS will be learning to support their development.
Curriculum Intent: EYFS
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are the ways in which the child learns.
Together, they underpin learning and development across all areas and support children to be effective and motivated learners.
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
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, life experiences and culture, to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
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. In school there are three prime and four specific areas.
RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World through the aspect of People and Communities.
Please see our EYFS Curriculum Map which shows the accumulation of knowledge and skills across the year.
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.
As the Reception year goes on, we gradually provide increasing opportunities for more formal learning to ensure the children are ready for their next stage of education in Key Stage 1.
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.
Through providing a rich variety of opportunities in each of the key skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the year. Their 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.
Please see our Early-Learning-Goals document to find out what the children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.
Please see our Class R Blog page to find out what our Reception children have been learning.