At Stepney Greencoat our EYFS comprises of one Reception class that follows the curriculum as outlined in the latest version of the EYFS statutory framework.
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. Three of these areas (known as the prime areas) are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These areas are strengthened and applied through:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
At Stepney Greencoat, we have an annual planning cycle for EYFS taught across three broad topics of:
How does your garden grow?
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play, and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Staff respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.
As children grow older, and as their development allows, the balance gradually shifts towards more adult-led activities to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.
Each child is assigned a key person who helps to ensure that their learning and care is tailored to meet their needs. This key person supports parents and/or carers in guiding their child’s development at home too. To allow the children to form relationships with all the key adults in class, their key person is changed each term.