Our EYFS Curriculum

Our Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) Curriculum

The Revised Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning –

3 Prime areas – Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development. 

4 Specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.

These areas are developed through adult led activities, structured play and child initiated activities, following the children’s interests and embodying topic led themes.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development   

At Cliddesden we take pride in helping our pupils to:

  • Develop our feelings.
  • Learn to work together.
  • Develop a positive disposition to learning.
  • Develop friendships with adults and peers.
  • Understand differences between ourselves and others.

Communication and Language

Communication is key to our children’s learning and embodies our whole curriculum: Speaking and listening activities are continuous.

  • The children are encouraged to listen carefully and respond with relevant comments and questions.
  • We encourage the children to value and respect each others opinions.

Physical Development

Physical development embodies the whole being of the child which we aim to develop through:

  • PE activities and dance – using imagination and showing an awareness of space.
  • Learning to understand how to stay fit and healthy through exercise and diet. 
  • Using small equipment and materials to develop fine motor control and coordination.
  • Using equipment to develop gross motor skills. Large movements support the development of writing through control, suppleness and coordination.

Literacy

Literacy skills transfer across the whole curriculum – we learn to read and we read to learn! We write for lots of different real reasons and with a purpose so that we are interested and inspired.

  • Reading – we start with picture books for sequencing, handling, directionality, meaning, talking and sharing… followed by books with text to develop word recognition and decoding skills. High Frequency Word cards are taken home to develop whole word recognition.
  • Phonics – learning letter sounds and names, upper and lower case to help us read and write. We have daily phonics sessions, using the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ along with the Jolly Phonics actions and Big Cat programme in groups across FS and KS1 in order to fulfil individual learning needs.
  • Writing – independent mark-making on a large and small scale is encouraged and further developed with phonic and reading skills.

Mathematics

Maths is all around us and we use our whole environment to help us learn…

  • Numbers as labels and for counting – we focus on numbers to 10 to start, recognising, counting and ordering.
  • Calculating – lots of practical problems, 1 more, 1 less, adding objects together, etc.
  • Shape, space and measure – e.g. pattern making, sorting & recognising shapes, using sand to measure capacity…

Expressive Arts & Design

In Foundation Stage we put great emphasis on;

  • Developing skills in music, art, drama, dance, story-telling, role play through topics and the children‘s own interests.
  • Giving children opportunities given to express themselves in a stimulating environment.

Understanding the World

The world around us is a fascinating place in which we all have different and similar experiences. We use our senses to explore and our enhanced IT provision to research and support our learning, encouraging children to:

Use first hand experiences to explore the environments and people/ communities around them – immediate, local and further afield.

Develop their understanding of predicting, decision making, problem solving, investigating and observation.

 

Assessment in EYFS

We assess our children all the time, formally and informally through observation of child initiated activities as well as planned adult led activities. Observations and assessments are recorded in different ways, eg actual work, post-its or photographs. Assessment evidence is collated in a Learning Journey and on ipads as videos and photographs.

The way we report attainment and progress changed in September 2012.

During the EYFS year, each child is assessed as 'Entering', 'Developing' or 'Secure' against the different stages of development within the age bands of 30 to 50 months and 40 to 60 months.    

At the end of the EYFS year each child is assessed against Early Learning Goals for each area of learning, Prime and Specific, and deemed to be:

  • Working towards the expected level
  • Working at the expected level  or
  • Working beyond the expected level

We also observe each child and understand their Characteristics of Learning - Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and thinking critically.

 

Parental Support

At Cliddesden we see your child’s development as a shared commitment. Communication between home and school is vital and we are proud of our open-door policy for parents. We have a minimum of two Parents Evenings a year and each child has a Learning Journal where we record our observations and collect evidence of the child’s progress.

 

What can I do to help my child before they start school?

  • Sharing books, recognising name, letter formations, recognising numbers, independent dressing and hygiene routines, making the ‘All about me boxes’ together.
  • Fun activities – playing games such as I Spy and Snakes & Ladders develops skills such as hearing sounds, reading numbers and sharing/ taking turns.

What can I do to help my child once they start school?

  • Reading books sent home with your child.
  • Helping them to learn the High frequency Word flashcards that come home.
  • Helping them to recognise letters; sounds and names, lower and upper case.
  • Recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 10.
  • Supporting accurate counting with one to one voice to pointing correspondence.
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