Early Years and Foundation Stage
The curriculum in the EYFS is carefully planned with an emphasis on purposeful play through a balance of adult-led and child initiated activities that reflect the special educational needs of our pupils. The EYFS divides the characteristics of effective learning into three areas; engagement, motivation and thinking.
Playing and Exploring – engagement
Through play pupils develop, extend and reinforce their learning experiences. The resources made available to pupils is carefully planned to develop learning through play, and opportunities to repeat experiences promote consolidation of these skills.
Active learning – motivation
We provide an environment that motivates, interests, encourages and challenges pupils in active learning. Within our setting many pupils require support to develop their active learning. By planning for and responding to pupils’ particular interests, we aim to provide an environment that enables our pupils to develop their active learning skills.
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Many pupils require support to be able to think about or generalise their learning from one situation to another, or make connections in play situations.
Areas of Learning and Development
A carefully structured curriculum has been developed to provide rich, varied and stimulating experiences based on the characteristics of effective learning. Planning in the EYFS reflects the seven areas as outlined in the areas of Learning and Development in the Development Matters Guidance Document (2012) and delivered through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
|Areas of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and self-awareness|
|Managing feelings and behaviour|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measures|
|Understanding the World||People and communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|