THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
Pre-School & Reception Class
The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage at Banks St Stephens is based upon the areas of learning identified in the ‘Early Years Outcomes’ document and we work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. These cover the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children should acquire by the time they are ready to enter Key Stage One. The children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception in line with national requirements.
Areas of Learning:
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning.
There are three prime areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are four specific areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These areas are all equally important and linked to each other throughout the curriculum. They are taught and assessed through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Each day the children may receive teaching in whole class, small group and one-to-one situations.
The classrooms are organised to allow the children to become motivated and independent learners. It is set up in learning areas between which the children can move freely for much of the day and they have access to a wide range of equipment and resources.
We have our own outdoor area which the children can access freely throughout the day. Being outside has a positive effect on all children’s development and they can explore, use their senses and be physically active on a larger scale than indoors. There are many opportunities to develop their social and language skills.
Staff in the EYFS plan activities that will interest and motivate the children in all areas of the curriculum. There are areas of knowledge and skills that the children are expected to cover but these are taught through themes that come from the children’s own interests. This means that topics will change from year to year in response to each new intake.
In the summer term of the EYFS we complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and provide a written report to parents. The report includes the children’s progress against the Early Learning Goals and a summary describing their child’s characteristics of learning.
Particularly in Reception, the children are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves as much as possible. This includes being responsible for their own possessions and also their own behaviour. We spend time each day talking about our feelings and the feelings of other people and the children are encouraged to consider other people’s points of view. This promotes an ethos of mutual respect and an understanding of British and Christian Values, which are further developed as the children move through Key Stage One and Two.