EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)

EYFS VISION

Early years provision at Evendons Primary School will deliver the highest quality education and ensure that all our Reception children have the best possible start to their school journey. We know a child’s development at this crucial stage has a fundamental impact on their happiness and can greatly impact their future successes. Therefore, we pride ourselves on giving children an outstanding early education that provides children with firm foundations in which to build future academic, enterprise, social and emotional success.

EYFS Intent

In Early Years at Evendons primary school we recognise that every child is unique, and will join the school with differing levels of prior learning and social skills. We aim to create a purposeful and meaningful curriculum that maximises cross-curricular links and builds strong foundations for their future. We strive to promote a love for learning by following the children’s interests and engaging their inquisitive minds. At Evendons we  believe that all children deserve an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences that allows children’s natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. We believe that an education that does all of this gives children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.

 

EYFS Implementation

Our ambitious Early Years Curriculum aims to teach all children the skills and knowledge in order to reach the seventeen Early Learning Goals described by the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. These areas are:  Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development, Communication and Language development (CL), Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).

Our 2021 EYFS Curriculum has been designed to celebrate the diversity of our children, the nature around our school and the beautiful seasonal changes the children can observe first hand. Our STEM curriculum is another essential part of our EYFS provision and provides children a wide range of experiential learning opportunities that promote the development of skills and knowledge in science, maths, technology and engineering. We aim to capture children’s interests and innate desire to explore the world around them, encouraging the children to problem solve, work collaboratively and develop general life skills. We aim to take the children on a range of educational visits (including in our local community) to build upon these experiential learning opportunities and to bring ‘learning to life’.

 

Evendons Primary School recognises the importance of play to children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Therefore, the school ensures there is an appropriate balance in the day of activities led by children and activities led or guided by adults, responding to each child’s emerging needs and interests. The weekly timetable is carefully planned so that children have directed teaching in Literacy, Mathematics and Phonics. We also ensure regular Circle Times to focus on CL, PSED and Topic sessions that focus on UW and EAD. 

 

We promote reading for pleasure right from Reception with children following the Little Wandles Revised Letters and Sounds programme, providing them a strong foundation of phonics skills that are required for early reading. This programme is continued throughout the school to ensure consistency and steady skill progression. Children also enjoy reading a variety of books inside and outside of school through quality key texts for each topic, grouped reading sessions, independent reading with adults and regular access to a book corner in each classroom. The children visit our school library weekly and visit the local Library during Book Week.  

At Evendons we work hard to ensure that all our children make good progress in their Reception year. In addition to our professional judgment, evidence and observations of the children’s progress are expertly noted with key achievements being recorded on Tapestry, our online recording platform. Our dedicated staff take time to get to know each child as an individual by spending time with them and delivering and prompting quality learning throughout the day. Our team work together in order to have expert knowledge on each child’s ability and the next steps required to progress their learning. Throughout the year we carry out our summative assessments to look at children’s attainment in relation to age related expectations, using our own checkpoints in relation with the Development Matters 2021 framework.

 

Reception Timetable Spring 1

EYFS Curriculum and Topic Overview 2021-2022 (Long Term Plan)

By Lucy Humphreys

EYFS Lead