Early Years Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
All Nurseries, Pre-Schools, Reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
What will my child do at school?
The daily routine for each class is on the following page. Please use this as a guide as to what your child will be doing at each time of the day. The times are flexible to allow for children’s interests to develop or special events that may be happening in school.
Every day children will have a welcome time in their class with their peers. They will experience learning focused times where activities will be completed with your child, class and their teacher. These will happen at regular times across the day. They will also have time to do ‘free play’. This is something we like to call ‘continuous provision’. This is a time where your child will have opportunities to practice skills and learn new ones during a time when they can choose themselves where they want to play both indoors and outdoors. This time of day is crucial to a child’s learning and development.
We see each child as an individual and want them to achieve their full potential. We show a genuine interest in what they do, listening to what they say and supporting them in whichever way necessary.
Our partnership with you is a key factor to your child’s success at Walkergate Community School. We know how important it is for parents and professionals to work together every step of the way through your child’s learning journey during these important years. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to talk with staff about your child’s development and to celebrate their achievements throughout the year. You will also receive a newsletter every half term to keep you informed about forthcoming events.
We also have home school diaries which enable regular sharing of information between home and school, along with your child’s learning diary. This can be particularly effective in bringing together these two important aspects of your child’s life. In the school diaries teachers add your child’s learning within school and you can add their learning at home also. They are a lovely way to share significant learning, events and news with your child and with the rest of their class. The diary builds into a colourful record of this important time in your child’s life, bringing pleasure for many years to come which you can take home to keep at the end of the year.