Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) Curriculum
At Melbourn Primary School we follow the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) Curriculum. The EYFS has four principles which guide the work of all practitioners and they are grouped into four distinct but complimentary themes:
A Unique Child
Learning and Development
These principles support the development, learning and care of young children in our Foundation Stage classes. Our provision ensures a balance of adult-directed and child-initiated learning. Play underpins the delivery of all the EYFS and all development and learning for young children. Children have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
These principles are supported through 7 areas of learning. They are split into the 3 Prime areas of learning;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and language
And 4 specific areas of learning;
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Adult-directed and child-initiated learning are well planned and resourced, following the children’s interests, and support children to thrive in a secure environment with enjoyment and challenge. We are keen to provide exciting visitors and experiences to inspire the children and give them real life, practical experiences.
We have strong links with parents and carers and provide termly opportunities for families to come into school to take part in exciting activities and themed sessions. Classroom helpers are always encouraged and we like to use parents’ talents and skills to support our topics.
At Melbourn Primary School we recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, as well as being part of the whole school reward scheme, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning.
We give our children every opportunity to achieve their full potential. We do this by taking account of our children’s range of life experiences when planning for their learning.
In the EYFS we set realistic and challenging expectations that meet the needs of our children. We achieve this by planning to meet the needs of boys and girls, children with special educational needs, children who are more able, children with disabilities, children from all social and cultural backgrounds, children of different ethnic groups and those from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
Children’s attainment is measured using the EYFS profile, and progression and achievement are tracked throughout the EYFS through whole group, small group and individual observations which create a picture of the whole child.
5 a day- Children take part in fun, five minute exercise routines.
Funky Fingers– Four days a week we will have a short session for children to develop and strengthen their fine motor skills.
Read, Write Inc– The children in the Foundation Stage have a daily phonics session which they learn the skills they will need to become competent readers and writers. We assess the abilities of the children and teach in groups that support and challenge the children.
Mathematics– We have a mathematics focused session every day. Every week we plan engaging activities where children will learn through play. We focus on counting, number recognition, calculating and shape, space and measure. We follow the maths mastery scheme to help children develop an in depth knowledge of mathematical concepts.
Topic session– We focus on a different area on the curriculum ever week. We will teach the chosen objective through activities that match the children’s interests and needs.
Story time– This is one of the most important parts of the day. The whole class listens to and engages with a story. We use puppets, role play and interactive stories to foster a love of reading and books.