At St. Peter’s we aim to provide motivating, first-hand experiences across all the areas of learning, encouraging children to build resilience, independence, respect for one another and a love of learning. We aim to build on the wealth of knowledge and skills children already have when they start school and provide plenty of new and exciting opportunities to expand each child’s knowledge and understanding. In our EYFS, we recognise that all children are unique, and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. Our EYFS curriculum is broad and varied, aiming to follow the fascinations of our children while using the Chris Quigley EYFS curriculum companion as a foundation for learning. We are passionate about children enjoying each day by engaging with and leading their own learning. We aim to:
- Provide a curriculum that offers children a wide range of opportunities, broadening their experiences and giving them chance to try new things.
- Have high expectations of every child, supporting all children to achieve their very best in all areas of learning.
- Provide a learning environment that helps children to achieve their potential and supports those who need additional help in order to maximise their chances of achieving the Early Learning Goals.
- Provide opportunities for children to focus on their own sense of wellbeing and give them the tools they need to be able to regulate their feelings effectively.
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and is implemented using Chris Quigley’s curriculum companion for Early Years. These documents specify the requirements for learning and development in the EYFS and provide the prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively and this takes place both indoors and outdoors. Our outdoor area is open all year round and in all but the most challenging weather conditions. Children make their own decisions about where they learn best and teachers ensure that there are opportunities for all areas of learning both inside and outside.
Evidence of children’s learning is collected through work completed in their learning journey book, observations, photos and videos which are shared with parents at parents meetings. We enjoy providing our children with opportunities that they have not experienced before and that enhance their learning in school. We plan a range of visits to support children’s learning and invite visitors into school to provide the spark for further immersion in a theme or project.
The impact of our EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well-rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1. We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child and their learning journeys. Each year, we aim to exceed the National and Local Authority data for children achieving a Good Level of Development.