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Guide to the EYFS

The school offers a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is designed to enable all children to become: successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. All classes are taught by the class teacher and have children of mixed ability. The children are taught using a variety of grouping and teaching methods. Teachers are supported by highly trained teaching assistants and other support staff.

Children begin their learning journey following the new statutory Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Progress is assessed against the Early Learning Goals across seven areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

This involves helping build children's confidence in their own abilities and encouraging them to develop healthy relationships with others. Showing them how to manage their feelings, develop their social skills and respond to rules are an important step in helping them to do this independently. 


Physical Development 

This involves encouraging children to develop their co ordination and movement on different apparatus as well as improving of their fine motor skills through using tools such as pencils for writing. Children also should be helped to identify healthier choices and understand the importance of a balanced lifestyle. 


Communication and Language Development 

It is vital that children are given time to have their own conversations and build up a wide vocabulary of words. By showing children how to talk and when to listen they are helped in every other area of the curriculum. 


Literacy 

Children are taught the links between sounds and letters; they are taught a range of methods to support their reading and writing. By encouraging a love and interest of reading and writing children are motivated to learn.


Mathematics 

This involves helping children understand the value of numbers by giving them various counting and problem solving activities. Children are encouraged to build and describe shapes as well as objects to improve their mathematical vocabulary. 


Understanding the World 

This involves giving children access to a variety of people, places and experiences so they can understand their physical world. By giving them access to independently explore aspects of their environment and technology they gain a greater understanding. 


Expressive Arts and Design 

Children are given opportunities to create with a variety of materials, use and select their own tools to allow them to do so. They are encouraged to discuss their work and share their ideas through role play, design and technology, art, music and dance.