The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year. It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’.
Young children learn best through play and our staff are able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them to develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year in school. The EYFS curriculum enables staff to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills. For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having members of staff within the class who get to know you and your child well, and build a positive relationship with you as a family.
The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas.
Three prime areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning.
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
All areas of learning and development are highly important and often interconnect with each other, many activities will involve more than 2 areas of learning. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children depending on their developmental needs. As a partnership, the Foundation team also encourages staff and parents/carers to work together, with the likes of Tapestry we are able to do this extremely well. Tapestry enables a constant dialogue between home and school. Less of 'What did you do today?' child replies 'nothing'; to 'I saw that you have been painting Dinosaurs at school today, how exciting!' This is also an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with the class teacher and communication through your own access to Tapestry at home. At Laira Green Primary, we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education. Attendance and Punctuality is of vital importance to your child’s education. We consider attendance and punctuality to be of the utmost importance throughout school, starting from Foundation and throughout their education. Good attendance and punctuality prepares your child for their schooling journey and enables them to have the most enriching learning experiences.
Foundation stage curriculum overview