Chater Infant School

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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the period of learning for children in Nursery and Reception.

At Chater Infant School we adhere to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This has four overarching principles. These are:

· Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

· Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

· Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Intent: Our vision in the EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage is where the passion for learning is nurtured and inspired. The curriculum has been created to embrace early years children’s natural curiosity and we welcome bringing as many ‘real-life’ opportunities into our environment as we possibly can. We plan and prepare our curriculum and environment so that it gives all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We do this by providing a space that is safe, caring and one that enables each child to reach their full potential.

Our EYFS is a place where children can build relationships with others, by developing an understanding of themselves, the world and the community around them. Promoting independence is fundamental – children are encouraged to be as independent as possible and ways in which parents and carers can also promote independence in the home are regularly shared.

Implementation: How we teach in the EYFS

In the EYFS there are seven areas of the curriculum. These are split into two groups; Prime Areas and Specific Areas. All of the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Prime Areas- Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Specific Areas- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design

Children are supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

Topic-led Approach

At Chater Infant School the EYFS curriculum has been designed to ensure that every child meets their learning potential. As a culturally rich and diverse school, with over 40 languages spoken, 18 different ethnicities and a vast majority of children speaking English as an additional language, we believe that our children will learn best through a topic-led approach. The EYFS topics have been carefully chosen to ensure that there is progression between Nursery and Reception as well as progression of learning throughout the year. Through our topics, we ensure that there is challenge, purposeful learning and an opportunity for the children to learn through real-life experiences. The topics are motivating and inspiring to ensure that pupils are actively engaged with their learning. The topics over the course of the academic year may change according the children’s interests and fascinations.

EYFS Topic Table 

Term Autumn Spring Summer 
 1st half 2nd half 1st half 2nd half 1st half 2nd half 
Nursery Settling-in/Ourselves Festivals and Celebrations Wild Animals Growing and Changing Farm Animals Minibeasts 
Reception Families and Autumn Festivals and Celebrations Winter Journeys Growing Food 

Impact:

The impact of our EYFS Curriculum is that the children leave Reception with the knowledge, skills, resilience and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It builds on what children have learnt/can do from our Nursery or from their starting points and develops towards the sufficient knowledge and skills needed for their future learning.

Many of our children come to our school with very limited English language acquisition. Therefore, there is a sharp focus on ensuring that children rapidly acquire a wide vocabulary, communicate effectively, and secure a knowledge of phonics, which gives them the foundations they need to become confident and fluent speakers, writers and readers. For those children who are not at aged-related expectations (ARE) in Speech and Language we have a systematic and thorough intervention programme (WellComm).

We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment and progress is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children.