Hollydale Primary Early years Foundation Stage …...Early years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guide...
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Early years Foundation Stage
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The Early Years Curriculum
“The earliest years in a child’s life are absolutely critical.
A child’s future choices, attainment, wellbeing, happiness and resilience are profoundly affected by
the quality of the guidance, love and care they receive during these first years.”
(Dame Clare Tickell, 2011)
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
• The Early Years Foundation Stage ( EYFS ) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
• It sets out 7 areas of learning- communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, maths, understanding of the world and expressive art and design.
• Children are taught through a balance of adult guided sessions (whole class, small group and 1-1) and child-led play.
• Children learn both in the class room and in the outdoor environment, which are carefully planned and set up to promote the 7 areas of learning.
The Prime areas of learningThese areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for
learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
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 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 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
How to support development of the
prime areas of learningReading books (stories, information books, newspapers, magazines, comics
etc.), encouraging your child to join in and talk about booksSinging songs and nursery rhymesTaking time to listen to them talking about things they’ve done and
answering their questionsModelling correct letter formation and pencil gripGive children time to run, jump, climb and play outdoorsEncourage children in activities such as building, drawing, threading beads,
or filling and emptying containers in the water – all of which develop manipulative skillsEncouraging your child to use the toilet independently, wash their hands,
put on and fasten their coatsPlaying games which encourage sharing and turn taking will help your child
to build their social skills
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
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
The Specific areas of learning
How to support literacy and maths
developmentShare a variety of books and texts with your child, discussing
the characters and plotLook for letters and words all aroundEncourage mark making and writingProvide opportunities for children to use different tools for
mark making, such as pencils, crayons, paint, chalk and play dough.Pointing out numbers all aroundTalk about the shapes you can see in the environmentDiscuss and comparing objects by size, length, weight and
heightSinging counting songs and rhymesCounting, adding and subtracting anything and everything –
steps, socks, cars, shopping, cutlery, fingers and toes!
The Specific areas of learningUnderstanding 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
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
How to support development of the
Specific areas of learningTalk with your child about their imaginative play and join in if
possible!Encourage them to be flexible in their thinking and use of
materials and praising them for their efforts or ideas as well as the end productTalk to your child about the places they go and things they see in
the world around themAnswering and asking questions - what if…? Why do you think…?
How did you…?Letting children join in with everyday activities - washing up,
cooking, shopping, helping in the garden.Discuss your use of ICT at home – the internet, mobile phones,
Just Playing?In the early years children learn best through planned, purposeful and challenging, playful opportunities. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
Home learningReception pupils are given weekly reading books to take home. These include one story book to be shared with an adult and a phonics book linked to the sounds and words they have learnt in class. These should be brought to school daily in their bags and will be changed twice a week. They will also have a reading record for parents/carers to record when they have read with the child and any comments about their progress.
.In spring term children will be given home learning books with weekly handwriting and spelling tasks. These are collected in every Monday for new homework to be given.
Each term there will be a home learning project linked to the class topic, for example to create a piece of art linked to a favourite story. There may also be whole school learning projects for children to participate in linked to key events.
Trips and visitsTo enrich children’s learning there will usually be a termly trip linked to the class topic, for example a trip to the fire station to learn about people who help us. We may also invite visitors into the school to provide learning experiences for pupils. Parents will be notified of class trips in advanced and may wish to come and support.
The class go on regular walks to Nunhead library, where they enjoy listening to a story and are able to choose a book to bring back to school.