“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.” -‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage Published: 31 March 2021 Effective: 1 September 2021’
At Belle Vue Primary school in the EYFS we aim for all children to be happy, confident learners and skilful communicators who are inspired and curious about the world around them. We offer a curriculum rich in wonder and memorable experiences. We draw upon the children’s own everyday experiences and value and build upon children’s existing knowledge. We work hard to provide a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment that provides exciting opportunities, promotes challenge, exploration, and adventure which supports their personal learning and development.
We passionately believe in learning through play, building on children's interests and next steps. We believe that the correct mix of adult directed and child-initiated play ensures the best outcomes for pupils. Warm and positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents and carers are key. We continually strive for all children to achieve their potential.
What is the EYFS?
EYFS stands for the Early Years Foundation Stage and its standards support your child from birth to the end of their Reception year at school. These standards must be followed by all Ofsted registered childcare providers including teachers, childminders and nurseries. From September 2021 as a school we follow the Statutory EYFS Framework. To support us there are two non-statutory document called Development Matters and Birth to 5 Matters which we use to support your child’s development. It enables us to see what they have achieved so far and what they need to learn next, so we can adapt our teaching accordingly and help your child reach their full potential.
Communication & Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Listening, Attention and Understanding
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
The Early Years Outcomes are split into 7 areas; 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas, which you can see above and below. Each area is defined by statements that are split into Age Related Expectations. By the end of Reception year children are expected to achieve the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning. You may find that your child doesn’t achieve these and this is nothing to worry about! Every child is unique and progresses at their own pace!
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Past and Present
Creating with Materials
People, Culture and Communities
Being Imaginative and Expressive
The Natural World
As well as monitoring what your child learns, it’s also important that we understand how your child learns so that we can teach and support your child in a way that suits them best. This is where the Characteristics of Effective Learning comes in. They are not split into age bands because they underpin all 7 areas of learning and development. Children who receive the right sort of support and encouragement during these early years, will be creative and adventurous learners.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to “have a go”
Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things