The curriculum for 3 to 5 year olds aims to give children lots of first-hand opportunities to learn about themselves, each other and the world around them.
The emphasis is on the process of learning rather than the ‘product’ – how individual children learn is very important. Planning is based on stages of development as laid out in the EYFS documentation.
Ofsted Report, February 2019: “Children in the early years benefit from a range of well-planned activities that they can access independently. Through these activities, children successfully build their knowledge of the world and develop their understanding of reading, writing and mathematics. Adults provide very effective support that challenges children to extend their learning.”
Our Early Years Environment
The recent extension of our Early Years environment has been carefully planned and developed. The additional space has allowed staff to create zones which provide a broad range of experiences to develop skills in all curriculum areas. The most notable change in the Reception classroom is the ‘Science Area’ which now offers a sand and water tray, malleable table, sensory bin, an investigation table and a light area. The central classroom is now the ‘Workshop’ with provision for painting, model making, woodwork, observational art and ICT. The new Nursery classroom has a strong emphasis on ‘People and Communities’ providing a ‘Home area’ which links to a cooking space where children can prepare, cook and eat various foods on a daily basis. A new stage with accompanying costumes and musical instruments ensures that music and performance now has a greater emphasis in our Early Years curriculum.
EYFS Development Matters
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