All children are provided with rich and varied learning opportunities, covering all seven areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. The EYFS classrooms provide a range of resources to cover each of the areas of learning and a variety of continuous provision. There is also a large, well-equipped Outdoor Learning Environment, to which the children have access during the school day, in all weathers. Learning has a basis in play and we provide a combination of adult-led, adult-initiated and child-initiated activities. Formative assessments are continually carried out by the teacher and TA’s and ongoing observations and assessments are put into the children’s Learning Journeys. Children are assessed against the Development Matters statements throughout the year, in all areas of learning through practical activities and observation. They are then assessed on the Early Learning Goals at the end of the year.
The seven areas of learning are divided into three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is enabling children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others.
Physical Development is helping children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, self care and a positive sense of well-being.
Communication and Language is developing attention, listening and language.
Mathematics is building on early numeracy skills and developing mathematical understanding in number, calculating and shape, space and measures.
Literacy is promoting phonic skills and early reading and writing.
Understanding the World is helping children to make sense of the world around them.
Expressive Arts and Design is enabling children to make connections between art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.
The children are also taught RE in line with the whole school policy.