EYFS Curriculum Overview
Our EYFS curriculum forms the basis of what drives our provision and practice, and facilitates progress for all Foundation Stage children in our school. We aim to enjoy our time at school, achieve our best, always endeavour and work together. We aim to offer a co-constructed curriculum which means that practitioners have the freedom to deliver the curriculum in ways that motivate our children by following their interests and responding ‘in the moment’ to address their current needs. Children are key collaborators in their own learning journeys as we believe that the most significant learning and development occurs when children have opportunities to explore their own fascinations by being able to share ideas, debate, problem solve and have fun! Promoting opportunities for sustained shared thinking is at the heart of the Queenswell early years curriculum. Our curricular goals for each year group, for each area of learning, reflect the typical starting points and needs of our Queenswell children, and lead to aspirational outcomes for all.
The curriculum is designed to promote the Characteristics of Effective Learning which run alongside all areas of learning. When planning and guiding what children learn (skills and knowledge), it is important to reflect on the different rates that children are developing and adjust our practice accordingly. The Characteristics of effective learning are important as this is how children learn.
The 3 Characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
The Early Years curriculum is divided into three Prime Areas of Learning and development and four Specific Areas. The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together and go on to support learning and development in the Specific Areas. The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully into society.