The EYFS Curriculum
How is the Early Years Foundation Stage delivered at Bury Catholic Preparatory School?
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
The EYFS is split into prime and specific areas. The three prime areas are the first areas that are developed. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
These prime areas are the skills which everyone develops first and are fundamental to mastering the most important life skills. These are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
Alongside the prime areas, and becoming more structured, are the four specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Together these seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. All the staff working with your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary schools, but it is suitable for very young children, and designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique, individual needs and interests on a daily basis. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. These are called the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.
Finding out more
More information on the EYFS is available on the following websites.
www.gov.uk/government/publications (full EYFS framework document)
A range of activities and experiences
Each of our classes has a skilled and creative teacher who, alongside her staff, will plan educational, fun and inspiring activities that build on your child’s unique needs. Planning ensures that daily observations of your child’s development can be fed into the next week’s planning.
We pride ourselves on the early education of our children. The children learn phonics through the Jolly Phonics/Letters & Sounds scheme in a fun and interactive way. Children develop their writing skills in a variety of creative ways such as forming letters in shaving foam and flour, as well as in exercise books. Children also develop their number recognition, counting skills and wider mathematical understanding through inspiring activities and this again is reinforced in a more formal way in their exercise books.
To enrich our curriculum further, the groups follow topics. In Nursery and Reception it is a half termly topic based on the interests of the children e.g. Nursery Rhymes/Fairy Tales, Transport, Growth, Dinosaurs. We also perform in sing-a-long concerts, and a Christmas Nativity production; this enables parents to see our fantastic communication and language skills!
In addition to the exciting and far reaching curriculum, children have the chance to partake in a wide range of additional activities. Each week we have yoga, mindfulness and zumba sessions. We also attend our Forest School in the Arden Garden, where we undertake a range of practical activities, developing our team working skills and also learning to become more independent. We offer a plethora of extra-curricular activities including Art Club, Cookery Club and Ball Skills, with specialist coaches delivering Rugbytots and Mini Soccer Club. There is no time to be bored!