Early Years Foundation Stage
At NCPS we are absolutely dedicated to the success of all of our children. We know that our children, families and carers are amazing and deserve nothing but the best during their time with us. In EYFS we want to inspire children through a well-planned and immersive curriculum, ensuring that children are happy and eager to learn and are imaginative, curious and independent learners. Teaching and learning in the EYFS aims to:
- Involve parents and carers as key members of our learning community. To give parents and carers the confidence and skills to support their child's learning and development. To support our parents and carers to have high aspirations for their child's future and for themselves.
- Engage the children in their learning by creating an immersive environment that is linked to the interests and assessed needs of the children.
- Support our children to become independent, self-motivated and innovative learners, encouraging the children to adapt their work, think critically and take risks with their learning.
- Prepare our children for the challenges of life in the 21st Century by ensuring that every child is literate and numerate, as well as empathetic towards others, able to be resilient and ambitious to succeed in whatever they set out to achieve.
- Encourage our children to be the best that they can be in all that they undertake, supporting each and every child to try new things, work hard and push themselves to persevere and achieve in any activity that is before them.
- Help our children to be world wise! Become curious about the world around them, enquiring about the world that they live in; rising to challenges and solving problems with confidence.
- We want our children to be aware of the wider community, starting with their local community. We will provide opportunities to experience and learn about other communities and cultures further afield. To respect diversity and difference and feel part of a global world. To understand that they can change the world and their community.
- Nurture the children’s social and interpersonal skills, ensuring that they have the opportunity to work as a member of a team and can share their experiences and knowledge with their peers.
The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important. There are three prime areas, which are the building blocks of good learning and support the four other more specific areas of the curriculum.
The Prime areas are:
- Communication and Language – Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking
- Physical Development – Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making Relationships, Managing Feelings and Behaviour and Self-confidence and Self-awareness
The Specific areas are:
- Literacy – Reading and Writing
- Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure
- Understanding the World – People and Communities, The World and Technology
- Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The EYFS also includes the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These help us to know HOW each child learns. These characteristics are regularly assessed through observations and planned for throughout the EYFS. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are celebrated through our weekly assembly and in the process praise that we give to the children during their learning. We often talk about them in our Home-talk newsletters that are sent home to parents and carers.
The three characteristics are:
- Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things and events around them and ‘have a go.’
- Active Learning – children concentrate and keep trying if they experience difficulties, as well as enjoying what they achieve.
- Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between different and experiences and develop strategies for doing things.
Ultimately it is our mission to ensure that every child and family in our care feels part of a strong community; valued, important and able to learn. We want our children to ask questions and challenge us, to wonder about the world around them and to take meaningful risks in their learning. We want our children, families and carers to move forwards into the world with a sense of determination and vigour and a belief in the transforming power of communities.
Play Based Learning
Transition Into EYFS September 2020
Follow the link below for introduction videos of our amazing EYFS staff and for helpful guidance regarding your child's transition into EYFS this September
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You're never too young to talk mental health! Important guidance for parents on how to handle children emotional wellbeing!
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