The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to 5. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all 7 areas.

The E.Y.F.S. focuses on seven areas of learning, these are;

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy Development
  • Expressive, Arts & Design
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World

Provision of Learning and Development in the EYFS

At St Mark’s CE (A) Primary School we:

We have a team of highly qualified, dedicated, professional and caring Early Years teachers and Early Years Practitioners who plan and work closely together to provide a high quality curriculum.

  • We currently provide a rolling program of topics throughout the Reception year and parents are encouraged to support their children with their learning. We aim to incorporate the children’s interests and ideas within the planning to provide personalised learning experiences.
  • We value our parent partnership with an open door policy.
  • We have agreed staff/ child ratios which ensure that the needs of each child are met both academically and emotionally, helping to develop each child’s confidence and independence.
  • We provide a rich variety of experiences that consider the ‘whole child’ celebrating early childhood development as a unique stage of learning.
  • We have welcoming, child friendly and stimulating indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Our Outdoor area is shared across all the foundation stage classes so that all FS children can learn together.
  • Routines are established so that children begin to anticipate and feel confident to take the next step.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Under ‘End of Year Expectations for Reception’ on the Curriculum page you will find the agreed national standard for the level of learning and development expected at the end of EYFS for each Early Learning Goal (ELG) ie at the end of the Reception year (Summer Term) and before entry to Year 1. The ELGs link directly to the seven areas of learning detailed above.

For further information on our Reception Classes including current topics please see the Year Group Newsletters.

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