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Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Within the EYFS we promote developing vital skills through exploration and creative learning. Children are provided with the opportunities to learn through independent child initiated activities and teacher led learning. The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning and development of children from birth to 5 years old.

Our Principles of EYFS Teaching

We know that great learning happens in EYFS when:

  • Children learn through their own interests and curiosities.
  • Children are provided with a safe and engaging environment that encourages independent learning.
  • Children are motivated and excited by all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Children are confident to express their ideas and are proud of their achievements.
  • Children have access to an engaging outdoor environment where they can extend their knowledge.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design.

Assessment of EYFS

Children in the EYFS are assessed in various ways, including, photos, audio clips, videos and teacher-led activities. Teachers and teaching assistants record observations of children that are linked to the EYFS development matters statements. Evidence of each child's progress is recorded in their personal Learning Journey.

The EYFS profile summarises and describes children's attainment at the end of the Reception. It gives:

  • the child's attainment in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors
  • a short narrative describing the child's 3 characteristics of effective learning
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