Children in EYFS follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). The EYFS Curriculum has seven main areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Literacy (Reading and Writing)
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
The characteristics of effective learning are at the heart of the curriculum:
- 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 Nursery curriculum overview gives more detail.
Our Reception curriculum overview gives more detail.
What is our approach to delivering the EYFS curriculum?
A practical, playful approach to learning, based on the needs and interests of our children, is delivered mainly through topic-based planning linked to a broad range of high-quality texts.
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. In Nursery, we teach children individually or in small groups. In Reception individual and small group work progresses to whole class teaching.
The “Characteristics of Effective Learning” are at the heart of the Early Years Curriculum and explore the different ways in which children learn. They highlight the importance of playing and learning, active learning and thinking critically. All the learning experiences we plan for the children allow them to utilise and develop these skills.
Our learning environments, both inside and outside, are stimulating and exciting, and relevant to the needs and age/stage of our children. Easily accessible resources develop children’s ability to access the curriculum independently.