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Our over-riding aim in the EYFS is for our pupils to develop a positive foundation for lifelong learning. Young children grow and develop dramatically in the early years of their school life so ensuring their curriculum meets their needs is vital to developing happy and healthy children. Our curriculum, which promotes and supports the four key themes in the EYFS statutory framework helps develop the children’s learning and understanding and work towards achieving the school ‘Curriculum Drivers’ of ‘Expressive Communicators, Healthy Champions, Life-long Learners, World Citizens and Open to Possibilities’.
The aims from the statutory framework are:
Alongside the four key themes of the statutory framework at Ridgeway we use the EYFS Development Matters and the Characteristics, of learning to ensure children access activities and learning based on their previous experiences, backgrounds and interests.
There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS, of which three are “prime areas,” and four “specific areas”.
The prime areas:
The specific areas:
In planning and guiding children’s learning, staff regularly reflect on the way that children learn using:-
The learning characteristics:
Planning within the EYFS is based around half termly themes centred on a book each week, to develop the children’s vocabulary and allow them to become ‘Expressive Communicators’. The Development Matters Statements are used as planning objectives. These plans are used by the EYFS teacher as a guide for weekly planning; however the teacher may alter these in response to the needs, achievements and interests of the children.
We plan and deliver learning for all of the areas through purposeful play and learning experiences, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. Staff routinely interact with the children to question, challenge and take the children’s learning forward.
With this in mind our 'curriculum drivers' are designed to show our pupils that the 'sky is OUR limit' and to enable them to ‘Reach for the Stars’ through their learning. We aim for our children to grow both academically and socially and our curriculum has been created to achieve these aspirations for all.