At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School we believe that our Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial to developing firm foundations to be built upon throughout our school journey and beyond. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually. It is our intent to embed positive behaviours and attitudes to school and learning in order for each child to achieve their full potential.
We set high expectations for all our children in EYFS. We strive to create an environment of acceptance and support. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in supporting all children to achieve their full, unique potential.
Our PreSchool, Foundation one and Foundation two classes follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.
The Prime Areas:-
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas:-
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts
We implement these areas of learning by providing a safe, stimulating environment that allows children to discover, be challenged, consolidate and achieve their very best whilst developing their resilience and independence. There is a combination of independent accessible provision, adult-led, teacher taught whole class, group and individual support. Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”. We strive to develop these key characteristics of “Playing and Learning”, “Active Learning” and “Thinking Critically” in order to give the children the skills that they will continue to draw upon throughout their development. We get to know our families and children well and use their interests and knowledge to support and inspire our children’s knowledge and understanding of themselves, our local community and beyond.
Our learning environments, both inside and outside are planned and created to meet the different and developing needs of our children. We believe that happy children learn. We are passionate advocates for ensuring all of our children are able to share how they feel and work with them to support any worries or concerns they may have. Each child is assigned a key adult to support children’s well-being.
Within our EYFS Curriculum, children are assessed through daily interactions and conversations with the children. Observations inform future planning and children’s individual next steps in their learning. Observations are uploaded to children’s individual Learning Journal on Tapestry for parents to see, like and comment on. Parents may also add observations from home. This enables us to ensure learning is embedded and consistent and that all children continue to make the best possible progress within our EYFS setting.