In the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils are aged between 3-5 years old. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start to their school life and we strive to give all our children the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. We aim to ensure that all our pupils learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The Foundation Stage is a vital time in which our children settle into school life and are supported to become happy, confident, independent learners. We promote teaching and learning to give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The curriculum covers seven areas of learning, consisting of three prime areas and four specific areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. The curriculum also develops the three key characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creativity and thinking critically. These areas of learning and key characteristics are used to plan activities for the children based on their individual development, interest and learning needs. The areas of learning are delivered through a combination of planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult led and child-initiated independent activities, and more focused whole-class teaching sessions and small guided group work. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors. Progress is closely monitored by all members of the Early Years team and recorded in their individual learning journals. We recognise that parents are central to a child’s well-being and parents will therefore be encouraged to participate in their child’s’ early learning through pre-school home visits, parent workshops and initiatives like ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. By the end of the Foundation Stage we aim for all pupils to achieve a Good Level of Development, achieving at least an ‘expected’ judgement in line with the Early Learning Goal Descriptors.
At GNSA, pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers through Tapestry. Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This builds up a record of the child’s experiences during their time at GNSA. This system allows staff to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.
Further details about the EYFS Framework can be found here: