Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS Phase) - Curriculum Overvirew (F1 & F2)

The Principals of The Early Years Foundation Stage are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents / carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

These principals underpin our practice in our Foundation classes at High Street Primary Academy.

The Early Years Foundation Stage encompasses seven areas of learning.  The prime areas’ are fundamental, work together, and move through and support development in all other areas. These are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

These areas are strengthened and applied within the ’specific areas’. These areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society and are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

At High Street Primary School we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. Through ongoing observation of child-initiated play practitioners will build a picture of a child as an independent learner. Practitioners reflect on the different ways that children play and learn and reflect this in their practice and provision. ‘The Characteristics of Learning’ represent the processes involved in learning rather than learning outcomes and are:

Playing and exploring

• finding out and exploring

• playing with what they know

• being willing to have a go

Active learning

• being involved and concentrating

• keeping on trying

• enjoying achieving what they set out to do

 Creating and thinking critically

• having their own ideas

• making links

• choosing ways to do things and finding new ways