What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum covers seven areas of learning and development. This includes three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.
The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas of learning. The three Prime Areas of learning and development include:
The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. The four Specific Areas of learning and development include:
The EYFS curriculum is delivered to our children through a mix of adult directed activities and child initiated and child led activities. Every child is unique and their individual needs, ideas, interests and learning styles play a core role in the planning for our weekly and daily tasks and activities
The value placed on play in the early years is very high. Children learn best when they are having fun; through carefully thought out and structured play activities. All members of staff in Early Years class are highly skilled in moving the play forward and supporting children’s learning.
AWESOME ADVENTURES WITH EARLY YEARS!
In Early Years, we have lots of opportunities to follow the children’s interests through the use of busy jobs and Rainbow Challenges. However, over the last couple of years, we have tried to create Summer Term topics based completely around the children’s interests. In the past, we have had Pirates and Mermaids and The Greatest Show! This year will of course be very different… however, we still want to show Early Years that they have their very own topic just as
previous years have. It may be that a lot of it is done online, but we can make it work!
This year, we have noticed that they are interested in a huge range of things, such as:
dinosaurs, unicorns, dragons, aliens, space, mermaids, maps, exploring, animals, Frozen, the weather and vehicles.
So, we have created…
We are going to explore this special map and learn along the way! Some of our learning may be at home and online, but we know that the children in Early Years have a fantastic imagination and will make it possible!
To see what else we get up to, please look at our Twitter page! The link is below.
You can see LOTS more of what we get up to by following our Class Twitter Page. We post regular updates!
A Package from Lydia Monks
Recently, the children have discovered the value of illustration. They were particularly interested in Lydia Monk's illustrations in the What the Ladybird Heard collection. The children had a go at doing their own illustrations based on descriptions read to them and wanted us to share their work with Lydia Monks! To our surprise, she got back to us and sent us a fantastic package which included one of her brand, new books! Woohoo! Thank you, Lydia Monks.
A Letter from Sir David Attenborough
Back in May, Early Years wrote letters to Sir David Attenborough to wish him a happy birthday and tell him all about our PLANET EARLY YEARS topic.
Not long after, Miss Hopson received a handwritten response from Sir David Attenborough himself! The children were absolutely over the moon. We are so grateful that he took the time to write back to us. Thank you, Sir David Attenborough!
A Video Message from Hugh Jackman
The children in the class had been coming into school humming the Greatest Showman soundtracks and talking about the circus. So, we decided to create a 'Greatest Show' topic. The children became very interested in the song 'This is Me' and the meaning behind it. They were passionate that everyone should be treated the same. They also became very concerned about animals being used in the circus and decided to try and raise awareness and stop this from happening. After lots of hard work, the children put together a big show for the rest of the school and their parents. We tweeted Hugh Jackman to tell him about their hard work and grown up ideas and he sent the class a message.
Useful YouTube Links!
Below are some YouTube videos that we use at school to support our learning. We have lots of fun singing along and dancing to these songs, so you may have already heard your children humming these tunes!