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EYFS

Intent

To provide an exploratory, creative and play based curriculum that develops a love of learning and enables young children to become independent learners.

Aims 

At Broomwood Primary School we follow the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. This framework specifies the prime and specific areas for learning which are:

 

Prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

Specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

The early years curriculum is underpinned by four themes:

  • A unique child. Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. 
  • Positive relationships. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling environments. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Learning and development. Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

At the heart of the early years foundation stage curriculum is the characteristics of effective learning. These focus on how children learn and enable us to ensure we provide opportunities to develop these essential skills for learning in young children.  

The characteristics of effective learning are:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and try new things out.
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties.
  • creating and thinking critically - children develop their own ideas and make links.

 

 

Implementation 

  • Our EYFS curriculum is broken down into five big questions a year. We expose the children to a range of learning opportunities themed around smaller weekly questions that help them to explore the big question. 
  • We value providing children with hands on learning opportunities using concrete and real life resources that they can explore and investigate. Learning through high quality play experiences are fundamental to our curriculum. 
  • We start each big question off with a stunning start and end with a fantastic finish.
  • We celebrate the children's learning during each big question through a floor book. We always start each big question off from what the children already know by asking them the big question prior to any teaching. 
  • We use the outdoor environment in all weathers! We encourage children to get muddy, explore nature and jump in puddles. The outdoor environment is carefully planned to ensure that all learning experiences we provide indoors can be replicated on a larger scale outdoors. 
  • Every child's learning is celebrated through their own learning journeys. We use a focus child approach to observe each child one every half-term. Reception celebrate their learning through a topic, maths and literacy book. 
  • We recognise the importance of involving parents and carers in their children's education. We encourage them to come into school and work alongside their child during play and stay sessions and value their observations of their children's learning and development. 
  • Our EYFS environment promotes calm, collaborative learning through having a natural environment and carefully planned spaces for play.

Impact 

  • Children have an enthusiasm and passion for learning. They develop exciting memories of the learning experiences they have had in early years.
  • The Reception children are ready for year one, equipped with the skills and knowledge taught to them in EYFS. 
  • The children have reached a good level of development across all curriculum areas but especially in communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, mathematics and literacy. 
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