EYFS

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year.  At Kenmont Primary School, children can join the Early Years the September after they are three years old and join Reception in the September after their fourth birthday.

OUR AIMS

At Kenmont, early years classes provide a happy and secure environment, with consistent routines, where the children can feel safe and explore rich and diverse learning opportunities. We aim to provide a sound foundation for lifelong learning, enabling the children to become increasingly independent and active learners for life.  We look to provide play-based teaching and learning experiences, indoors and outdoors, of the highest quality to excite children about learning and help them to make progress in their skills and knowledge.  We look to work in partnership with parents and carers.

CURRICULUM

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of Prime and Specific learning areas:-

PRIME AREAS

SPECIFIC AREAS

Communication and Language

  •   Listening and attention
  •   Understanding
  •   Speaking
Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing
Physical Development

  • Moving        and handling
  • Health        and self care
Maths

  • Numbers
  • Space,        shape and measures
Personal, social and emotional development

  • Self        –confidence and self awareness
  • Managing        feelings and behaviour
  • Making        relationships
Understanding the World

  • People        and communities
  • The world
  • Technology
  Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring        and using media and materials
  • Being        imaginative

All the areas of learning are delivered through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated play based experiences and challenges which take place both indoors and outdoors.

In each of these seventeen areas there are Early Learning Goals that define the expectations for most children to reach (and in some cases exceed) by the end of Reception.  At the end of Reception children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goal and graded as:

  • Emerging
  • Expected
  • Exceeding

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING

During the Early Years the Teachers and Early Years Educators look to develop the children’s learning skills and, at the end of Reception, teachers will provide a summary of each child in relation to the following characteristics of learning:

PLAYING AND EXPLORING

ACTIVE LEARNING

CREATING AND THINKING CRITICALLY

  •   Finding out and   exploring
  •   Being involved   and concentrating
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to “have a go”
  • Keeping on trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

 

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

TOPICS

Each half term we have a topic which is the starting point for all of our learning.  All of the areas of learning are taught through these topics (except phonics). Please see Nursery and Reception class pages for the topic plans which will identify the learning the children will be covering in each of the seven areas.

Click the links below to see our Nursery and Reception plans for the Autumn term:

Nursery Topic Aut 1

Nursery Topic Aut 2

Reception Topic