EYFS consists of two year groups, Nursery and Reception.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
The curriculum for the Early Years classes is divided into seven areas of learning. Of these seven, there are three prime areas which are the key focus areas in Nursery and Reception. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. The remaining four areas are referred to as specific areas of learning. They are Literacy, Mathematics, The World and Expressive Arts and Design, and are incorporated as appropriate within our overall curriculum and according to the needs of individual children.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – This involves learning to understand our emotions and to manage ourselves in various social situations. It also focuses on developing personal characteristics that are fundamental in building the life skills that are a prerequisite for being a good learner. These include being able to understand and follow school rules, being able to take turns and resolve conflicts, and being able to accept the needs of others.
Communication and Language – This involves giving pupils opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. We focus especially on listening to stories, paying attention to the details and being able to recall and retell what happens to other people. We also focus on listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations and discussion along with expanding our vocabulary and the ability to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.
Physical Development – This involves focusing on big body movements as well as small body movements to develop children’s co-ordination, control, and movement. This includes activities such as holding a pencil with the correct grip, throwing and catching a ball, balancing on a range of equipment, and negotiating space as we move around when playing or when moving around the school.
Tapestry is an online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.