Children in our Pre-school and Reception year learn through the curriculum for the EYFS. The seven areas of learning and their key content is set down by the Department of Education.

The EYFS curriculum has seven areas of learning, 3 prime and 4 specific.

Within each area are different strands leading to 17 Early Learning Goals.

Each child’s learning is recorded in their Learning Journey.

Self initiated learning is where a child chooses an activity. This forms the majority of evidence used for assessment. Teachers also teach or guide directly. This supports assessment.

An indoor and outdoor classroom means children can learn and explore in a place they feel comfortable with activities they prefer and, importantly, will enhance what children are choosing to do themselves.

At the end of the year assessments are gathered used to inform a summative assessment against the Early Learning Goals for each aspect in the 7 areas (17 early learning goals). Parents will be informed whether a child is emerging (not yet achieving the ELG), expected (has achieved the ELG) or exceeding (above the ELG). When a child is assessed at exceeding they are working on the National Curriculum in that area. Children emerging continue to learn through the EYFS until they are ready to move onto the National Curriculum in Year 1.