In EYFS, we are concerned with the development of 'the whole child', each area of development closely and seamlessly intertwined together as children learn and develop. The EYFS curriculum has 3 prime areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development, together with 4 specific areas of learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The outcomes of each of these areas form the basis of our planning for learning and children's progress and attainment is monitored in relation to each of these developmental strands. We ensure teaching responds to the children's needs and interests and provision is adapted accordingly.
Alongside academic achievement, we want children to develop a love of learning and skills that will support their progress and development throughout their schooling into adulthood. The 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' embodies this, focussing on the process of learning and we provide children the opportunity to play and explore, learn in an active way and create and think critically.
We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways and at different stages. In both our Nursery and Reception classes, children are taught in small groups, larger groups, in guided activities and independently. Opportunities to consolidate their learning are built into the curriculum to ensure the children have a good grasp of concepts and skills and can apply them in a range of contexts.
Within the curriculum, children have access to both indoor and outdoor provision. During this time, staff facilitate children's learning by modelling skills, encouraging imaginative play, their interactions and use questioning effectively to continuously support learning.