The Curriculum in the EYFS (Nursery and Reception)
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS), begins when children start Nursery and finishes at the end of the Reception class.
The EYFS Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning.
Three of these are classed as the "prime areas of learning":
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Schools and early years’ providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Each of the seven areas of learning in the EYFS has developmental targets, known as the "Early Learning Goals", which staff use as a benchmark for children in the summer term of their Reception Year. Practitioners must indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This is known as the EYFS Profile. Children’s EYFS Profile reports are passed on to the Year One teachers, who use this as a basis for planning and target setting in Key Stage One.
EYFS children are encouraged to become independent learners and experience lots of meaningful, first–hand experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Due to the age of the children, teachers will often assess your child through direct observation. They keep a record of attainment and progress by taking photographs and videos as well as keeping a copy of any writing or drawing your child does to demonstrate their learning. These photographs and videos will be stored on your child’s individual, electronic learning journey. This is called Tapestry. You will be notified of your unique log-in details which will enable you to receive regular updates of what your child has been learning at school.
Staff also send home a weekly newsletter so that you can see the type of learning opportunities your child has taken part in. This will help you to support and reinforce learning at home too.