EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)
At St Anne's we value every child as an individual, and the curriculum is built upon the children's needs and interests. The children are taught the EYFS curriculum which sets the standards of learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
Every child will be working at different stages of this curriculum and at St Anne's we support the children to progress within the following areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
The Early Learning Goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained at the end of the Reception year.
More information regarding the Early Years Curriculum can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2
The Early Years Framework has been recenently reviewed nationally and is now statutory from September 2021. Here at St. Anne's, we use the framework documentation alongside the accompanying document "Development Matters" to plan and develop a curriculum tailored to the needs of the children in our school community. We work closely with the children and their families, gaining their opinions of where learning should take us through regular 'Pupil voice' and 'Parent voice' opportunities.
A strong relationship between school and home is vital in the Early Years. The family are the first educators of the children and know their child's likes and dislikes and can support our curriculum building through providing further information about what the children enjoy and take part in outside of the school environment.
During the year, we inorporate further oppotunities for children to develop their understanding of the world around them through our 'Cultural Capital' offer. These are experiences we encourage children to be a part of to develop their language and life experiences. By developing these opportunities, throughout a child's educational journey, we are encouraging them to become educated citizens.
For further information, on examples of our curriculum in EYFS, please explore the Long Term Overview in the files at the bottom of this page. This is only a guide to our learning throughout the year as we are ever conscious of the children's interests and needs and so planning may change to maxiomise the learning for all of our children.
The development of children's speech, language and communiucation is embedded through all practice. Here are some useful website that will support you and your child before and during their time in EYFS.
The foundation has worked with the BBC to create some excellent resources to support children from pregnancy to age 5. There are some lovely activity ideas and clips that you can watch for ideas to support your child's development, in particular their language development.
The link for the website is below:
We are also very lucky to be a 'Forest School', which is run by Mrs Furneyo.
Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the four seasons and environmental changes. The children’s interest, along with the natural resources in our woodland, are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development - all in the guise of play.