The EYFS curriculum is organised into six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development; and creative development.
The EYFS applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year based upon four principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
The Characteristics of Effective Learning support these four principles and are a key part of our Early Years Curriculum. These are grouped into three categories:
- Playing and Learning
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for helping their capacity to learn.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are then four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We will ensure that:
- teaching and learning activities engage and motivate children to learn, and foster their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
- there are focused activities to support, develop and extend children’s learning at their own pace
- children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas, thoughts and opinions about their play activities
- activities are extended/modified according to what the children like/find tricky.
- there are strong links between home and school
- parental partnership in their children’s learning is recognised, valued and developed.
Follow the links to read the EYFS statutory framework and development matters:
Assessment in the EYFS is carried out through informal observations of the children participating in a range of activities and is recorded using Tapestry, an online learning journal. We also track pupil’s progress and attainment using Target Tracker.