Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of Education for children from birth to the end of their Reception year.
At St Thomas More, our EYFS curriculum encourages all children to develop into confident, happy and independent children. Through a nurturing environment, the children are empowered to grow the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to achieve fulfilling lives whilst 'learning to love, live and celebrate in the knowledge and love of Christ'.
Whilst working in partnership with parents, we will:
- Promote independence, perseverance and the confidence to ‘have a go’.
- Develop social skills, friendships and fundamental bonds.
- Provide a safe, secure and loving environment for young children to develop, learn and explore.
Our intent is to secure solid foundations and to challenge individual talents by offering a range of opportunities to support children’s holistic development.
At St Thomas More, the Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of an EYFS unit. Our curriculum encourages the children to become life-long learners. We expose them to a variety of opportunities and expand on their skills and knowledge, giving them a secure foundation to develop as they transition through the school.
The Early Years curriculum is made up of 3 prime areas:
- Personal, social and emotional develop
- Communication and Language.
- Physical development.
and 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children are exposed to highly focussed objectives in a play based approach to learning. This allows them the chance to play and explore, actively create, learn and think critically. Through skilfully observing and play partnering, staff are able to adapt teaching and move learning forward successfully, enhancing the continuous provision, both inside and outside.
At St Thomas More, the children in our Early Years Foundation Stage will demonstrate high levels of engagement in both Child-Led and Adult-Led activities. By developing their speaking and listening skills, we are enabling them to access more areas of learning and communicate with adults and other children. They will have developed concentration, persistence, co-operation and most importantly become willing and confident to ‘have a go’.
The children will develop a wider sense of the world around them and will draw on these experiences during interactions with others, linking this to new learning. They will also be able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations, making links by explaining their ideas and understanding. Children will be confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with adults drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.
From their own, unique starting points, we expect all children, even those at risk of disadvantage, to achieve age-related expectation and/or make excellent progress academically and socially. All children will be given the best foundations to prepare them for a life-long learning journey.