Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In Nursery and Reception at St Anne’s the children follow the The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
The EYFS explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development:
Children will mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
–Communication and language
–Physical development and
–Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning and underpin all planned activities in Nursery and Reception.
As the children learn in Nursery and Reception, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
–Understanding the world
–Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan learning activities that are suited to your child’s unique needs both indoors and outdoors.
The following link takes you to a parents guide to the EYFS curriculum and can help you to support your childs learning at home:
In Nursery we follow the children’s interests and fascinations and do not work to pre-planned and rigid themes and topics. This is because our youngest children learnt best when they are highly engaged and fascinated by something. We interact with the children in the many engaging areas that we have in our Nursery to move their learning on in a context where they are happy and relaxed.
This also means we can personalise the learning to the individual children’s next steps. We do however have loose topics that we plan some activities on in order to target learning objectives that all children need to cover, and we also take part in whole-school book focuses where the children learn a high quality text in depth then take part in learning activities around the book. We also have RE focus days where we look in depth at a topic set out in our whole-school RE curriculum.