Early Years Foundation Stage
Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. We also believe that early childhood is valid in itself and it is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.
Children entering the Foundation Stage will live through changes we cannot yet imagine, in a world where digital skills are central, where innovation and creativity may redefine the way they live. They inherit an environment that will require critical thinking and problem solving to challenge, repair and sustain. Through our curriculum and pedagogy, we aim to support our children in developing into young people that are not only prepared for this ever-changing world but also grow into successful, inclusive and responsible citizens.
Reception children follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - this focusses on developing children’s phonics, reading, writing and maths skills; whilst also building on personal, social, emotional and language skills which children begin to develop in preschool. We deliver our curriculum through a mixture of adult directed activities and child initiated learning, operating a free-flow system, so that children are able to access the outdoor classroom. Topics are adapted around children’s interests and there are lots of opportunities to develop our imaginations, as well as our scientific and artistic skills. Our approach challenges children and encourages them to develop into learners and thinkers who are full of curiosity about the world around them. Within our exciting, happy and secure learning environment, children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences.