EYFS* (Early Years Foundation Stage)
How we learn in the Foundation Stage
The Early Years is an exhilarating and thriving learning environment that captures the children's interests and develops their imaginations. Our intrinsic passion for learning inspires children to take risks and show creativity in all that they achieve. The environment inspires and motivates children to become independent and confident learners. Whether this is by creating a mud pie in our 'mud kitchen', or having some time to relax and practise mindfulness in our 'sensory den'. The approach of allowing children to be involved in their own curriculum creates a stimulating environment whereby the children both enjoy the experience and feel encouraged to contribute to the framework for their learning.
Our seven areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is the promotion of personal qualities, skills, attitudes and values which enable individuals to think for themselves, manage relationships with others, understand moral issues, accept responsibilities and prepare to play an active role as citizens. In line with our School Values, children will learn to co-operate with others in work and play, to respect others opinions, property and lifestyle and how to manage their emotions.
Communication and Language
In the EYFS, children are surrounded by a rich and engaging environment which supports all aspects of Literacy. Children participate in a multitude of practical activities, providing the basis for pupils to express themselves clearly to groups and the whole class, including opportunities for discussion with their peers.
Children have a wide range of opportunities for them to become physically active, healthy individuals. The outdoor area provides a range of climbing and swinging apparatus and sports equipment to promote mental and physical co-ordination, self-control and confidence. Children are taught how to work as part of a team, participate in a range of challenging experiences in a variety of environments and recognise the importance of living and maintaining a healthy life.
Pupils are taught to read through a range of genres and texts. Words and sentences are taught with fun and interactive games enabling the children to blend letter sounds to read. Great emphasis is placed on enjoyment and the understanding of reading. In writing, pupils are encouraged to express themselves through mark making and writing using different forms such as stories, poems, factual accounts, recipes, lists and letters.
Children learn mathematical skills and problem solving skills through a multitude of practical activities. The children revisit all areas regularly during the year to ensure they have a good understanding of mathematical concepts before going into Year One. Children will learn how to add and subtract, how to use mathematical language such as ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ and how to work out one more and one less than a given number.
Understanding the World
In the EYFS, children are encouraged to explore and investigate, drawing on their own personal experiences and observing closely using their senses. Pupils are encouraged and taught to talk about what they can see, ask questions about why things happen and how things work, show curiosity about how and why things happen and to find out about and identify some features of living things, objects and events they observe
Expressive Arts and Design
Pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape, space, pattern and texture and use them to represent their own ideas and feelings.
* EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage - sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to the age of 5. In Capel Manor Primary children in EYFS belong to Reception classes.