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Early Years Foundation Stage at Wellsprings

The curriculum that we teach in the Foundation Stage Unit meets the requirements set out in the revised National Curriculum at Foundation Stage.

Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in our area overviews below.

In Squirrels Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Wellsprings, we fully support the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned structured activities.  Teaching in the reception year builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning.  We do all we can to build positive partnerships with the variety of nurseries and other pre-school providers in the area.

During the children’s first term in reception, their teacher begins to record the skills of each child on entry to the school.  This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child.  The Foundation Stage Profile is used to assess children’s progress during the year.

We are well aware that all children need the support of parents and teachers to make good progress in school.  We strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and how well each child is progressing.

In planning and guiding what children learn, the Prime Areas of Learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) underpin and are an integral part of children’s learning in all areas. We reflect on the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning which are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.

Please click on the following areas to see our overviews for EYFS:

3 Prime areas
EYFS Personal Social and Emotional Development
EYFS Communication and Language
EYFS Physical Development
4 Specific areas
EYFS Understanding the World
EYFS Expressive Arts and Design
EYFS Mathematics
EYFS Literacy

Our whole-school curriculum planning for 2022-23 can be viewed here

Tiddler the story telling fish

Early Years Maths

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