EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS) CURRICULUM OUTLINE
In the Reception class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children learn through stimulating, purposeful and creative play activities based around their interests. We also provide an enriched, topic-based approach through a variety of stimulating and exciting termly themes. These are carefully planned to provide a broad and balanced experience for the children.
We focus our activities around the 7 areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Alongside the EYFS curriculum the children in Reception engage in taught phonics sessions for 20 minutes each day, where we follow ‘Jolly Phonics’ and the ‘Letters and Sounds’ schemes. The children begin by gaining a secure knowledge of letter sounds and names, then moving onto segmenting and blending words for reading.
In the EYFS the areas of learning are grouped together as 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas.
The Prime Areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills; learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Communication and Language
This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical Development
This involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
The Specific Areas are:
This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. The children are given access to a wide range of reading materials as well as reading books which are sent home to ignite their interest.
This involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, space and measure.
- Understanding the World
This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive Arts and Design
This involves enabling children to explore and investigate with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement of sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Within each of these areas there are a defined set of skills, knowledge and competencies, which children work towards achieving by the end of the Reception year.