We believe play underpins all development and learning for young children. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
Within the EYFS we provide a wide range of learning opportunities to enable the children to access a variety of experiences. Every child starts EYFS at a different stage of development. Their individual needs are assessed and staff plan appropriately to meet those needs, providing suitable resources and activities which allow for progression.
EYFS staff plan educational programmes and experiences that build on children’s interests and their spontaneous play as much as possible. We use our observations of the children to help us understand the child’s current stage of development and ensure that activities are well matched to the children’s needs and address the next steps in their learning. The curriculum is planned to promote progress in all areas of learning as prime and specific areas of learning development are all interconnected. All areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with both, child initiated and adult-led activities. As the children progress through the EYFS at Moorcroft Wood, there is a greater emphasis on adult-led learning in order to prepare the children for transition to key stage 1.
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The curriculum is divided into three prime areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
Communication and Language Development and
and four specific areas:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
EYFS prides itself on making learning fun and practical making the most of the wonderful setting we have. Learning takes place outside, in our school woodland area as well as indoors in newly refurbished classrooms.
We use topics as a framework on which to build children’s learning, but we also try to follow children’s interests and build the curricum around these so therefore, there is some flexibility around the themes that we follow.