Early Years Curriculum in the EYFS Unit
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practice is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children and their interests. The children have independent access to a stimulating curriculum both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis. The outdoor environment includes access to a forest area which helps to further enhance the children's learning through exploring and gaining new learning experiences engaging with the outdoor environment whatever the weather. All seven main areas of learning are incorporated into the outdoor curriculum and planning is cross curricular across all areas. Free-flow activities are planned on a daily basis with the whole team to include opportunities for extension; child requested activities and further planned adult led activities.
We believe that the prime areas of learning are the base stone for all future learning and therefore place a lot of emphasis on ensuring that all children feel, happy, secure and settled into the school environment. During the first term, we begin the child’s first experience of nursery or Reception by focusing the topic around them and their locality; enabling them to engage in a subject they know the most about. We want all children to become confident, active and independent learners, enabling them to build on their education with the skills that they need to continue their journey of learning.
PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
CHARACTERISTICS OF LEARNING
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Our Early Years principles are based on EYFS statutory guidance and the four overarching principles of good practice:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between school and home.
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
More Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage is available through the link below: