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Early Years Foundation Stage

At Grimsdell we greatly value the importance of the EYFS and view it as both a preparation for and a part of life; celebrating childhood itself. Children are nurtured and encouraged to develop independence, excitement in learning and a positive self-image.

The Early Years encompasses all children in our Nursery and Reception classes. There are three Reception classes, one morning Nursery class and one afternoon Nursery class. There is one teacher supported by a teaching and learning assistant in each Reception class and one teacher supported by two teaching and learning assistants in Nursery.

We deliver a child-centred approach to learning as we believe that children learn in a variety of ways; through investigation, experimentation, listening, watching, social interaction, questioning, exploring and most importantly purposeful play. A safe, secure environment is provided for the children in which to interact and explore rich and diverse learning opportunities. Learning is planned from the children’s interests and ideas, this ensures they develop skills and an understanding of the world around them in a way that excites and motivates learning. The outdoor environment is integral in our children’s learning and we make full use of the beautiful grounds the school is set in as well as our outdoor classroom to deliver a comprehensive spread of the curriculum.

Lessons with specialist teachers include Music, Forest School and PE.

Early Years Principles

There are 4 main principles in the EYFS.

  • Every child is unique
  • Children learn to be independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

The EYFS is split into 7 areas of learning and development.

Three Prime areas- Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development, Communication and Language.

Four Specific areas- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

Characteristics of effective learning that underpin all of these 7 areas are:

  • Engagement – playing and exploring, finding out and being willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning – being an active learner, getting involved, concentrating and keep trying.
  • Creating and thinking critically- having their own ideas and choosing ways to do things.

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children will work towards achieving the 17 Early Learning Goals. Please see the areas of learning to find out more about these goals.