Our EYFS Curriculum

 

 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document, which sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

 

Your child’s Early Years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure and support their development, care and learning needs.

At Dedworth Green First School, our aim is to provide high quality Early Years education for all our children.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through

7 areas of learning and development.

Children should initially develop the 3 prime areas.

These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

 

We are currently preparing for changes to the EYFS document, which will begin in September 2021.

Exploring the World

Our topics are supported by Cornerstones who provide a wealth of information and resources to enable us to deliver topic information that is engaging and exciting. Children learn about the world around us and in Reception, cover topics such as Friendships, Changing seasons, The Farm, Fairytales and Exploring colours and textures.

We use key, classic children’s stories that link to these topics to enrich language experience and also to create a context for the topic based learning that we offer.

Role play areas are fun but focussed, offering opportunities for imaginative role play and for purposeful writing, counting and exploring.

Please have a look at our class page on the website to see some of our current learning adventures!

 

Phonics

All children follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme, as we look at groups of letters and begin word building with these.

These inputs are taught directly and then supported with many activities in and around the learning spaces. In Reception, we focus on specific letters, oral blending and segmentation and then on to blending and segmenting with letters. Those who are ready to move on will be introduced to reading two syllable words and simple captions.

 

Maths

We continue to develop thinking about numbers and shapes as we explore activities and experiences linked to counting, matching, recognising numbers, sorting, early addition, pattern, and language linked to size, weight and measuring.

Maths is included in various forms in all our role play areas and also as children explore other resources such as construction toys. 

We follow the Hamilton Maths scheme. This structure, combined with a range of practical, creative and play-based activities provides the mathematical foundation for Year 1.