“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Our curriculum is planned following the guidance from the Department for Education ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’, taking account of the children’s needs and interests.

Click here to download this document: EYFS_Statutory Framework

Work for the Reception Year focuses on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The seven areas of learning which comprise the curriculum for children aged between 0 and 5 years are:

The prime strands:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The specific strands:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

Work towards the Early Learning Goals is planned in short themes based on the children’s interests and fascinations such as transport, people who help us and animals. The children are taught through a carefully balanced provision of adult-led and child Initiated playful learning sessions. Children have access to a range of carefully selected resources to enhance their learning, including free-flow access to the outdoor environment throughout the day, in all weathers. More structure is introduced towards the end of the year to help the children transfer to Year 1 successfully.

Careful planning ensures a broad and balanced range of work for the children based on good early years practice. Work dovetails into the early stages of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1, so that children can progress naturally to work within the first National Curriculum level when they are ready.

Opportunities are provided for the children to meet the expectations laid out in the document DfE_Development_Matters_in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This non-statutory guidance material supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS.

Investigators classes

These are our classes and their teachers and teaching assistants:

  • Mrs Spring’s Investigators, with TA Mrs Oldman, Miss Smith and Mr Dales
  • Miss Russell’s Investigators, with TA Mrs Oldman and Mrs Coles