Our EYFS curriculum follows the statutory framework for the EYFS and uses the Development Matters documentation to support this.

This curriculum is delivered through a balance of teacher led instruction, primarily in early reading and mathematics, and challenging ‘free flow’ activities which allow children to move freely indoors and outdoors however they please to encounter planned, challenging activities.

While many of the children who attend our nursery, join us in Reception, some do not and likewise, a significant proportion of the children who join us in Reception have attended private nurseries or no nursery at all. Consequently, we have planned our EYFS curriculum as a two-year cycle so that those pupils who have attended our nursery experience different learning themes in their reception year.

As language provides the foundation of thinking and learning, it is prioritised in our foundation stage. We believe high quality adult-child interactions are incredibly important for the development of our children; consequently, our staff talk with children rather than just talking to children, which may lead learning in a new and unplanned direction. Therefore, in the EYFS, our medium term plans are more dynamic than in Key Stages One and Two – please see the documents below for our most recent planning documents.

As part of our EYFS provision, the teaching of vocabulary, modelling and extending language are taught explicitly. Furthermore, during daily story time, children are encouraged to use specific thinking skills to develop language comprehension. Collaborative activities that provide opportunities to learn and hear language often also provide opportunities for wider learning through talk.

By focusing on language development and skills such as social awareness, relationship skills and problem solving, our children leave the EYFS ready to access out Key Stage One curriculum successfully.




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