Our EYFS Curriculum
We aim to give your child the best possible start to their school life.
Like all providers of EYFS education, we work to the curriculum guidance provided in the Foundation Stage. This is documentation that the Government has produced to ensure that children shall reach certain goals by the end of their first year in Reception (that is, the year they have been 5 years old). We provide a large range of activities planned carefully to deliver experiences and skills that children need in their early years.
We carefully assess children during their time with us, and regularly review their progress to ensure that our planned activities are meeting their needs. Sometimes children will need to repeat the same activities over and over or they may have little interest in certain activities. It is our job to try to ensure that all children try all activities and get the most out of their time with us.
So, what are the children actually doing to get the experiences they need?
Maths may initially look like playing with containers in sand and water; beanbag numbers game; jigsaws; lotto; dominoes; counting songs and rhymes and many more play based and open ended tasks. Throughout their time in EYFS, children are given opportunities to count reliably from 1- 20, place numbers in order and work with shape and space. Activities are provided both inside and outdoors.
Communication, Language & Literacy:
Children will spend time listening to stories; talking about their interests; immersed in imaginative play, writing lists, filling in forms, using technology. Opportunities for speaking and listening are included daily through role play, puppets, songs and rhymes and circle time chats. Children have access to books throughout EYFS and are given regular opportunities to handle them. As they progress, children use their phonic skills to decode words, read them aloud and begin to read and understand simple sentences. Children start from mark making to drawing letter shapes. Then use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which they match their spoken sounds. We provide a range of opportunities to write for a purpose.
Understanding the World:
children will have opportunities to look at plants, plant seeds and bulbs; watch butterflies hatch; play and build with materials; talk about home, holidays, families; play with road safety equipment; talk to visitors to the nursery such as police, paramedics, nurses, fire and rescue. Children will also have opportunities to participate in visits to enhance their learning for example, to the farm, the beach or to the park.
Expressive Arts & design (Being Creative):
children will explore painting with pre-mixed paints, watercolour blocks, dry paint mixes, making prints with sponges, vegetables, rollers, marbles, bubbles. they will spend time singing, playing instruments, dancing and moving to music. Children will have opportunities to explore activities on a large and small scale and to refine their ideas as they become more confident.
Fine motor skills are developed through activities such as modelling with playdough, clay, foam, junk materials; cutting, writing and drawing, building with various blocks and construction sets. Children will also practice and use gross motor activities on climbing frames, slides and swings. As they become more aware of space and movement they will participate in more focused PE sessions with small equipment such as balls, beanbags, hoops, balance bars
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children will listen to stories that model good behaviour, show respect for others, and promote self-control. They will learn to value cultures and beliefs with Christmas, Easter and birthday celebrations and through wider faith celebrations e.g. Diwali, the Chinese New Year, trying food from different counties and listening to music from many lands.
Please Look at the following documents to find out more about our curriculum: