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EYFS Curriculum

The key formative years of childhood are short – therefore the quality of the learning and teaching experience is of major importance. The vital skills and concepts formed in the early years help children make sense of their knowledge and understanding. They are the foundations upon which the quality of later learning and development depends.

Aims for the Early Years Curriculum

At Beddington we aim to:

provide a positive start to educational life, enabling all children to enjoy learning help children become confident, independent learners help all children to reach their full potential in all areas of development provide high quality provision and care for all children provide a safe and stimulating environment where achievements are celebrated

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

At Beddington we use the EYFS 2012 statutory guidance to inform and support our planning (long, medium and short term) and to enhance our assessment procedures. The guidance sets out the early learning goals which the children should achieve by the time they reach the end of the reception year. There are three prime areas and four specific areas covered by the early learning goals.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Manage feelings and behaviour
Making relationships

PSE is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all areas of learning. Children will learn how to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family. Children should feel safe, secure, respect themselves and others and develop a positive self-image. Children will learn about relationships and the importance of friendship. They learn of their own and other cultures and develop problem solving skills and a positive disposition to learning.

Communication and Language (CL)
Listening and attention

CL depends on developing and being confident in a number of key skills, together with having the opportunity, encouragement, support and disposition to use them. This area of learning includes communicating with others, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes, being read to and experiencing a wide range of books. CL is used in every part of the curriculum and it is vital that the children develop these basic skills in order to become independent and confident learners.

Physical development (PD)
Moving and handling
Health and self-care

PD in the EYFS is about improving the skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. PD has two other very important aspects. It helps children to gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children to develop a positive sense of well-being. Children are given time to explore, experiment and refine movements within a safe, planned and resourced learning environment.

Literacy (LD)

Central to LD is the systematic teaching of reading through linguistic phonics where children are taught to understand the relationship between spoken language and written words.

Mathematics (MD)
Shape, spaces and measures

MD development depends on becoming confident and competent in learning and using key skills including counting, sorting, matching, patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measure. MD is taught through fun and imaginative play activities alongside focused whole class and small group carpet sessions.

Understanding the World (UW)
People and communities
The world

Within UW children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world in which they live. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography, RE and ICT. They learn by gathering information, by direct teaching and using indoor, outdoor environments and the local resources.

Expressive Arts and Design (EA & D)
Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative

EA & D is fundamental to successful developing and learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and to extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play. Children have time to explore and experiment with ideas, materials and activities and should feel secure to try new experiences and ways of doing things. Children learn through using and applying all of their senses.

The Learning Environment

Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.

Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can:
Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of their world;

Practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills;
Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules;
Be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk or rehearse their feelings;
Take risks and make mistakes;
Think creatively;
Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems;
Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

You may also find the following links of interest. They are often using in Nursery and Reception to support the daily learning. Your children will love showing you them!

  • Baby Joy Joy! (a favourite of Nursery!)
  • Oxford Owl e-books – Once you register, you can look for books that correspond to the Phonics Phase that your child is currently on. Just click ‘Letters and Sounds’ under the ‘All Levels’ tab to choose the correct Phase for your child.
  • Cbeebies – This link will take you to the Numeracy page
  • Cbeebies – This link will take you the Literacy page
  • The Gruffalo – This website has lots of fun activities centered around the Julia Donaldson books and many more!
  • Phonics Play – This is regularly used in school during Phonics sessions. The site is now free with the username: march20 and password: home
  • The Oak National Academy have launched daily, online learning for children from Reception to Year 10

The Government have also published a list of useful websites that children and parents can access during this time. You can find these resources here.




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