The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage seeks to provide:
• quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
• a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
• partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.
Our Curriculum at Werrington
Our EYFS curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to reflect our school’s vision statement of maintaining high expectations, aspiration and respect for all. We have created our curriculum with the intent to nurture lively, enquiring minds, to have a love of discovery, the bravery to make decisions and the confidence to take ownership of their learning. We feel this is best achieved through an approach which centres the child, whereby teaching and learning opportunities comprise of a purposeful balance between child-initiated and adult-led experiences in order to ensure provision and progress for children is uniquely and developmentally appropriate for them.
Our curriculum is the cultural capital, we know our pupils need so that they can gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require for success. They can only do that if we embed the right habits for learning through the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning – Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking. Our EYFS Curriculum has been designed to reflect the nature of our school environment, the seasons of the year and the nature around our school. It aims to teach the children how their environment compares to different places, cultures and nature in other parts of the world.
Our enabling environment and warm, skillful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration. As the pupils move into Reception, we invest time and energy into helping pupils set and reflect on their own goals by aiming high and developing a love of reading, writing and number. This is delivered through a holistic curriculum which maximises opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links and learning experiences as well as promoting the unique child by offering extended periods of play and sustained thinking following children’s interests and ideas. We value imagination and creativity and seek to create a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning through vibrant continuous provision, alongside trips, visits and regular Wild Tribe sessions.
The new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework came into place in September 2021. It is the aim that the new framework will further prepare children for their transition into key stage 1 at the end of the EYFS curriculum.
If you would like to read a little more about the new framework and our curriculum please follow the links below. More information about EYFS can also be found on the individual class pages.