The EYFS curriculum at Mossgate Primary School is shaped by the seven areas of learning & development and the individual needs, interests & stages of development of the children. An exciting and challenging curriculum is constantly being crafted as a direct response to children’s interests & fascinations with connected stories, poems and books at the heart of all we do.
It is our intention that language development will have a significant place and focus within our EYFS curriculum. A wealth of activities & experiences are planned in order that language development is promoted and taught at every opportunity across all areas of learning.
Our curriculum will ensure that the activities & experiences for children involve:
Communication & Language
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Because of our commitment to following children’s interests & fascinations our long term plan shows predicted/possible learning themes across the year and acts as a reference point for ensuring the curriculum remains broad & balanced. (See EYFS Yearly Overview)
On a medium term basis, following analysis of assessment information including data, we plan learning foci for the term for all areas of learning, create an environment plan for both indoor & outdoor learning and create next steps plans for Literacy & Mathematics.
On a short term basis a weekly overview outlines when, who, what & how learning will take place over a week with an additional Phonics Plan.
The intended impact of our curriculum is that all children can be supported to make outstanding progress from their starting points, with many achieving the Early Learning Goals & beyond, whilst also preparing them for the future curriculum requirements in Key Stage One.
Bryony Booth – EYFS Leader (September 2018)