EYFS Curriculum 2021-2022
At Milstead Church of England Primary School, we provide our Early Years children with a curriculum that is designed to be flexible, engaging and exciting so that their unique needs, passions and interests are embraced. Every child is an exceptional individual and we celebrate and respect differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge and values that equips our children for their future successes.
We inspire our children to become accomplished, happy individuals, ready to reach their full potential in an ever-changing world.
Our EYFS curriculum is driven to:
At Milstead we work closely with our parents and carers in order to promote independent, confident and enthusiastic learners who thrive in school and develop a love for learning. Within our Reception class we plan for our children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps. We provide our children with a wide range of rich, first hand experiences to take the curriculum beyond the classroom and into their lives within the community.
At Milstead, we recognise that our children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence and independence.
Our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (September 2021) and work towards the Early Learning Goals (At the End of the Reception Year).
There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
At Milstead the core aim of our Foundation Stage Curriculum is to provide a strong and solid platform. As children grow and progress, the prime areas will support them to develop skills in the four specific areas. Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Our outdoor area is used all year round.
We ensure activities support the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
The impact of our curriculum at Milstead is measured by how effectively it helps our children develop into well rounded individuals who embody our school values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. Our children make strong progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills are secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for their new year group.
At the end of EYFS our children:
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring: - Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’. Children who actively participate in their own play develop a larger store of information and experiences to draw on which positively supports their learning
Active learning: - Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties. They are proud of their own achievements. For children to develop into self-regulating, lifelong learners they are required to take ownership, accept challenges and learn persistence.
Creating and thinking critically: - Children develop their own ideas and make links between these ideas. They think flexibly and rationally, drawing on previous experiences which help them to solve problems and reach conclusions.
Over Arching Principles
Unique Child: Every child is unique and has the potential to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships: Children flourish with warm, strong & positive partnerships between all staff and parents/carers. This promotes independence across the EYFS curriculum. Children and practitioners are NOT alone – embrace each community.
Enabling environments: Children learn and develop well in safe and secure environments where routines are established and where adults respond to their individual needs and passions and help them to build upon their learning over time.
Learning and Development: Children develop and learn at different rates. We must be aware of children who need greater support than others.
Active learning involves other children, adults, objects, ideas, stimuli and events that aim to engage and involve children for sustained periods. PLAY is essential for children’s development across all areas. Play builds on children’s confidence as they learn to explore, to relate to others around them and develop relationships, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
Here is an overview of our learning opportunities for the year.