The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
This is the curriculum for children from birth to five years old. At Brington & Harlestone Primary Schools this guides the teaching and learning in our Reception class. There are seven areas of learning which the curriculum is organised into. These are all related to each other, however they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and Language Development
Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
These skills, experiences and learning opportunities are presented to the children through meaningful play contexts and adult led activities. These ensure that each child has the opportunity to play and explore in an active and engaging environment that allows them to be creative, think critically and take risks to achieve more.
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Each topic we study will be introduced by a Stunning Start, enhanced by a visit or visitor and concluded with a fantastic Finish. The work covered by the topic all goes into one fabulous book which is shared with parents at the end of each term. There will be homework tasks linked to the topics called ‘Take Home Tasks’, these are often of a practical or creative nature and are designed for families to work together on them.
Talk For Writing
Talk for Writing has been introduced across the School. It is an innovative approach to teaching writing developed by the literacy specialist and writer Pie Corbett. It uses high quality model texts to introduce the children to different story/text types which they then learn off by heart. Talk for Writing provides the children with the opportunity to orally rehearse the language they will use in their writing. Through its multi-sensory and interactive teaching it enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text types using various methods including:
- listening to and learning texts and stories;
- taking part in drama and role-play;
- drawing and story mapping;
- collecting words and language strategies
This helps the children build their working knowledge of grammar.
Of course, there is no point in having all this knowledge, combined with amazing writing skills, if no one can read what you have written! We use a handwriting scheme called Kinetic Letters. The advantages of using Kinetic Letters are:
- Narrows the achievement gap between boys and girls
- Learn through movement and multisensory experiences
- Physical programme develops concentration and motor skills
- Motivating targets and personal challenges
- Stories and role play, underpin learning