The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. In our school, all children join us at the beginning of the school year in which they are five.
At Epworth Primary Academy we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are inter-connected.
Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and exploring
Through planning, curriculum enrichments and play provision we encourage our children to explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world.
We give them time to practise and build up ideas, using what they know, finding out and exploring, and being willing to 'have a go'.
Active learning occurs when children are motivated and interested. Children need to have some independence and control over their learning. As children develop their confidence they learn to make decisions. It provides children with a sense of satisfaction as they take ownership of their learning. They are encouraged to be involved, maintain concentration and enjoy their achievements and successes.
Creativity and Thinking
Critically Children are encouraged to develop and share their own ideas, make links and choose ways to do things.
Areas of Learning and Development
The EYFS is made up of 7 Areas of Learning and Development:
3 'Prime Areas'
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
and 4 'Specific Areas'
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult-led, adult-initiated and child-initiated activities. In each area the Early Learning Goal (ELG) defines the level of progress that the children are expected to have attained by the end of the Reception year.