EYFS curriculum overview

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Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception

The children in our Nursery and Reception classes are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play, in addition to guided adult-led sessions and child-initiated learning. We have excellent, large outdoor provisions for both Nursery and Reception that are exclusively used by our youngest learners in school and allow our children to utilise the outdoor environment as well as the indoor setting as much as possible. Our Reception outdoor area was newly designed in the Summer of 2019.

For the academic year September 2020-July 2021 our EYFS classes will be working towards the EYFS Reformed Early Learning Goals (July 2020) due to our participation as an Early Adopter school. We will also use the newly written Development Matters document (September 2020) to support this.

EYFS areas of learning and their associated Early Learning Goals

Characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’
 Active learning – motivation
  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Prime Areas:

Communication and Language
  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships
Physical Development
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Specific Areas:

  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing
  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns
Understanding the World
  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World
  • Technology
Expressive Art and Design
  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive