Fairhouse Primary School

Respect and Success for All

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  In school this refers to the Foundation Stage year.  It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.  We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we gather their ideas through mind-mapping and plan according to their needs and interests.  

Areas of learning

There are 7 areas of learning. Three of these are prime areas and four are specific areas.  The prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and building their capacity to learn and form relationships.

Prime areas of Learning
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Communication and Language
Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

 Physical Development
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
 Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
 

The specific areas refer to the following subject areas:

Specific areas of learning
 
Literacy
Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Art and Design
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

In planning and guiding children's activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice.  Three characteristics of our effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things and 'have a go';
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically -children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing this.