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EYFS Curriculum

"The EYFS is a distinct and important phase in education. It places an equal priority on supporting children’s social and emotional development, and their learning. The early years are the crucial time for developing children’s enjoyment of learning, their engagement and motivation. It’s an important time for children develop their ability to persist and show gritty determination." (Development Matters 2021)

Intent

In EYFS at Stanway Fiveways Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014, latest update 2021) and incorporate other experiences and opportunities, which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our Reception classes, allowing them to flourish.

The EYFS intends to provide children with the knowledge and skills that they need to acquire to achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of the EYFS alongside, preparing them for their next phase of learning.

We provide inviting classroom environments indoors and outdoors to stimulate learners and engage them in developing the three ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ as set out within the EYFS (DfE, 2014, latest update 2021)

We provide a daily phonics programme following ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DfES, 2007) which is clearly planned to ensure progression and enables every child to develop the skills needed in their journey of becoming a reader and writer.

Implementation

  • Quality First teaching across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Stimulating learning environments indoors and outdoors.
  • Well planned and organised continuous provision, which allows the children to learn through play.
  • A carefully planned balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning opportunities.
  • We promote a love of learning through real life experiences and opportunities; building on prior learning.
  • Close links with feeder preschools and nurseries, which support a smooth and settled transition into school.
  • Strong parental partnerships, which empower parents to support their child’s learning at home.
  • Systematic approaches to teaching phonics to ensure all children begin to learn to read and write. The high quality phonics teaching begins as soon as the children start Reception.
  • Opportunities for children and families to develop a love of learning.
  • Planned opportunities for outdoor learning, through ‘Forest Schools’ and in the outdoor classroom.

Curriculum ideas – These curriculum ideas are always subject to change because we are reactive in the EYFS and will adapt our plans to meet the specific needs and any barriers to learning our children might have. We follow the interests of the children, as we know that by doing so, they will engage to a higher level and there is no ceiling to their learning. We pose a series of questions as our overarching line of enquiry throughout a half term, but there is no limit to the direction that we can explore these themes as every child/class of children are unique.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Who am I? Fact or Fiction? How do we care?
What makes me happy? How does it move? Where am I?

 

Impact

  • High levels of engagement and motivation demonstrated from children, which supports them to becoming lifelong learners.
  • Confident and capable readers and writers who demonstrate a love of reading and passion for writing.
  • Evidence of strong links with parents.
  • Children demonstrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning and are well prepared for their next stage in their learning.
  • Children feel happy and safe and enjoy coming to school.
  • All children access a balanced and challenging curriculum regardless of their needs, background or abilities.
  • Children make strong progress from their starting point and are offered a broad curriculum, which meets each child’s unique needs.
  • Adults that are well trained and passionate about providing the best education for every child.
  • The percentage of children achieving the GLD (age related expectation) within the EYFSP is in line with or above national average.

 

The EYFS encompasses our Stanway Fiveways Primary School motto…

“READY STEADY LEARN - TO BE THE BEST WE CAN BE”

…and our ‘5 ways to be’ are embedded within our daily school life

be safe

be ready

be kind

be curious

be resilient

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