What does EYFS look like at Harold Court School?
In EYFS at Harold Court Primary School, the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home, provide first hand learning experiences, whilst allowing the children to build resilience, ambition and integrity. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that our first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling us to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.
Throughout their time in EYFS, the children develop a sense of belonging to our school community, ready to transition to year 1 the following academic year. They have the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
- To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.
- To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.
- To create an indoor and outdoor environment which supports learning.
- To prepare children to reach the Early Learning goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make at least good progress from their starting points.
- To support transition into KS1.
Implementation of the EYFS Curriculum
At Harold Court, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. We follow the Early Years curriculum using topic themes and enrichment opportunities.
The aim of our curriculum is to develop a thirst and love for learning by:
We recognise the changing needs and interests of our pupils and we are responsive to this, regularly developing existing topics.
The Early Years uses core texts as a basis for topic planning and usually start with an exciting hook to engage children in both the topic and the book. Phonics is explicitly taught daily and discreetly throughout the day. The phonics activities are revisited to embed over the year and supported in a range of ways including associating actions with these.
The English curriculum is taught daily with small groups of children. Children have opportunities to show independence in their writing by planning and writing their own stories. Literacy opportunities are also promoted in many of the continuous provision activities available to children during the week.
The maths curriculum is taught through daily dedicated sessions to small groups of children. These sessions are carefully planned using concrete resources and build on prior learning and real life experiences across the theme and year. This starts with mastering numbers 0-5 and then progresses through to 0-10 and 0-20. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real life experiences.
All seven areas of learning are encompassed within the classrooms and our Learning Garden enabling children to take risks in different environments whilst developing leadership skills and promoting mental health and wellbeing.
All seven areas of learning are delivered throughout the topic and linked closely together. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. These areas of learning also provide an essential link between the pre-statutory curriculum and the Key Stage 1 programme of study. We have adopted these areas of learning and experience and the learning journeys as the basis for our planning, as they provide a framework which enables us to achieve our aims.
The EYFS classes have their own outdoor area ‘Learning Garden’ which is used all year round in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together, promoting the children’s mental health and well-being.
Parents will be provided with termly curriculum newsletters informing them of the topics to be covered, and how to support their child’s learning at home. Additional information is available at https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters
Impact of the EYFS curriculum
Children demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities, developing their speaking and listening skills, enabling them to access more areas of the learning and communicate to both adults and children. Children develop skills across all areas of the curriculum including literacy, mathematics and physical development using these in different ways.
Children have developed a wider sense of the world around them and can draw on these experiences during interactions with others and link this to new learning.
Children develop their characteristics of learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Children are confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with adults drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.
From their own starting points, children will make excellent progress academically and socially, developing a sense of themselves so that they are well prepared for Key Stage 1.