Early Years Foundation Stage
EYFS Curriculum Intent
Our intent is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. We believe every child has the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, to dream BIG and be UNIQUE!
Our Foundation Stage is inspired by the values and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia in recognising how every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. In Early Years, we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that is project based and is underpinned by the children’s interests and their thirst for finding things out for themselves. Our overall aim is for staff to build on children’s curiosity, and prior learning, then use this to create further learning opportunities, where children learn more and remember more. Our curriculum is designed to create memorable moments, which will stick in pupils’ memories. This may be through text based planning, seasons, big questions or provocations to motivate and ignite children.
How our curriculum is implemented?
Where possible, most learning takes place within the context of a learning project. Each project is cross-curricular but has a key curriculum area focus. It is also underpinned by the prior learning of the children and what they know and want to learn about too. In Nursery and Reception classes, we follow the Early Years Curriculum; this consists of seven key areas of learning and development, which are
Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language
Four Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design
Children have autonomy, children’s rights are respected and staff belief they are researching alongside children, constructing knowledge together
Staff belief in a culture of building a curriculum around a child, they observe and listen, and they know children well and can confidently articulate stages of development and next steps
There is a strong sense of inquiry-based learning across the provision, so that children are making accelerated progress
Children are hooked in the environment and highly engaged in their learning