The EYFS curriculum
Overarching, statutory guiding principles
Four guiding principles shape practice in early years settings. These are:
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
• importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates.
The EYFS curriculum at Keresforth Primary School is designed around four key principles:
- Curriculum goals
- Core books, songs & rhymes
- Language rich environment
- A range of experiences
Our curriculum is designed to be language rich. It offers a wide range of stimulating rich experiences that support the development of early language and a love of reading.
Our curriculum is wide, flexible and continually developing. The way in which the curriculum is delivered and what children are being taught can change throughout a day, responding to children’s fascinations and needs.
The length of a child’s journey in the Foundation Stage at Keresforth varies, for some children is stretches over eight terms, for others only three. Regardless of how long their journey, we want children to leave the Foundation Stage well prepared for the next stage in their education, by being:
- Good communicators, who listen, ask questions and share ideas.
- Active independent learners, able to make choices for themselves.
- Happy, interested and enthusiastic about learning.
- Confident learners not afraid of challenge
- Sociable and caring and able to take turns
- Curious and inquisitive and happy to explore.