Every child, regardless of gender, race or ability deserves the best possible start and support in life to fulfil his/her potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose a school they want to know the provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive.
The Early years foundation stage (EYFS) is the framework (0-5) that provides that assurance. This forms the basis for all that is done in St Martin & St Marys Pre-school, Nursery and reception classes.
The aim of the EYFS is to help young children stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.
The ‘outstanding’ curriculum is broad and balanced and promotes each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical development. The Early year’s foundation stage framework forms the basis for the curriculum for Pre-school, nursery and reception. There are seven areas of learning, three prime areas which are; Personal, social and emotional; communication and language and physical development plus 4 specific areas which are understanding the world, expressive art and design, mathematics and literacy (reading and writing). Within each of these areas there are a defined set of skills, knowledge and competencies which children work towards achieving by the end of reception.
For more information about the Early learning goals please click here.(link to the Gov website).
The EYFS staff have planned the curriculum so that there is continuity throughout the school to make sure each child progresses steadily. It is also designed to be fun, broad and balanced to offer continuity and progression.
To the child work is play. Our children’s learning is promoted successfully by activities specially planned and adapted to meet or extend their individual learning needs.
We plan meticulously for outside and inside school and yet we are flexible enough to follow interests as and when they arise.
Children are encouraged to be independent and to investigate and explore the world around them through a range of themes.
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Our plan of the day