The early year’s foundation stage (EYFS)

This was introduced in 2008 and revised in 2012 and 2017.  It provides all early year’s settings with a legal framework and with further guidance to best practice.  There are 7 areas of learning and development which we use to guide us when planning activities and which provide a structure for assessment.   We also look for the characteristics of effective learning during the observation and assessment process.

The areas of learning and development

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:        

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

As children grow the 4 specific areas are introduced. These are:     

  • Literacy; 
  • Mathematics; 
  • Understanding the world; 
  • Expressive arts and design.

The characteristics of effective learning underpin learning and development across all areas. 

They are: 

  • playing and exploring
  • being active
  • creating and  thinking critically

Assessment

There are 2 points during the EYFS when children must have a written assessment these are 

  • The progress check at age two – if your child starts with us before their 3rd birthday and has not had the check done by a previous provider then we will complete this check and invite you to read what we have written. 
  • The assessment at the end of the EYFS (the profile) – this is usually completed in school

However, we like to work with parents as much as possible so have an open invitation for parents to meet with key persons whenever they need to and also hold formal parent’s evenings in the autumn and summer terms.    Before these meeting each key person will produce a progress report and will have evaluated progress in relation to the ages and stages of the EYFS.   Every parent will also have a chance to talk about their child at home.  The information from pre-school and home can then be used to decide on “next steps” for development. 

 Useful link  - Click here to access what to expect when guide

This site has information about the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum, development matters and a really useful guide to parents entitled "What to expect when" which contains development milestones and some lovely ideas to do at home to support learning and development. 

 

Long Term Planning
EYFS – Area of Learning

Autumn Term

PSED
Settling in
Getting to know you
What makes us special
Golden rules of Pre-school

Thinking of others - Children in Need (Nov 18th)
Families and traditions

C&L
Speaking & listening to each other
Group time
Learning each other’s names
Stories
Songs
Festivals – Diwali & Christmas


PD
Gardening – planting ready for winter
Outdoor play
Dance

Literacy
Different texts about differences and similarities
Letters & sounds aspects 1-6 activities
Different texts on (all in understanding the world, fiction and non-fiction
Cards
Letters


Mathematics
Number and action rhymes
Counting activities
Number games
Counting and recognising/ordering numbers 1-10, 10-20 age appropriate
Patterns and shapes
Recognising patterns & shapes in the environment
Counting activities
Numbers 1-10, 10-20


UTW
Our school and community
How we change
People who are special to us
Autumn
Hibernation
Harvest – Hands on thanks giving
North pole & The Arctic
Light & Dark
Freezing & Thawing
Space & planets
Winter
Diwali
Halloween
Bonfire Night
Christmas
Day/night
Nocturnal animals
Road safety and visit from police


EA&D
Ourselves, 5 senses
Tasting & smelling – cooking
Looking & feeling – creative activities; cutting, sticking & painting
Hearing – making music
Nativity performance
Dancing & singing
Creative activities (all of the above)


Spring term
PSED
Settling back after holiday
Co-operation & sharing
Group time
Feelings game
Families caring for each other
Mother’s day
Being kind


C&L
Traditional tales sharing stories
Three little pigs
Gingerbread man
Goldilocks and the three bears
Three billy goats gruff
And princess and the frog
Jack and the bean stalk


PD
Look after our bodies
Personal care & eating
National heart week- what exercise does to our bodies
Outdoor play
Fastening coats 
Dancing
Outdoor play
Using and handling equipment safely
Sports day in the park


Literacy
Different texts from China how to write Chinese letters
Learn & retell a story
Poetry & poems
Letters & sound 1-6
Making our own silly rhymes using Dr. Seuss inspiration
Letters & sound 1-6


Mathematics
Number recognition 1-20
Number rhymes
Counting games
Making porridge- weighing & measuring
Weight measure
2D & 3D shapes
Counting activity
Number games


UTW
Chinese New Year- cooking & dancing
Robert Burns- Scotland cooking, dancing & poetry
Valentine’s day 
Visit from doctor & dentist
Shrove Tuesday- cook pancakes
Ash Wednesday 1st March
Mother’s day
Sports relief
Red nose day
Easter- learn about rabbits- Japan
Growing & planting
Spring 
  
EA&D
Creative activities for; Chinese, Scottish & Valentines crafts
Dancing
Mother’s day card & gifts
Easter cards
Dancing

Summer term

PSED
Making friendships
Understanding others feelings
Transition
Visits to new classes/schools


C&L
Gruffalo story
Songs and rhymes
Speaking & listening
Show & tell
Songs & rhymes
Seven fish of Matariki


PD
Using outdoor space to compound positional language -under/over, behind/in front using obstacle course 
Balancing sequences
Big lunch all together in the park

Literacy
We tell story of Gruffalo
Recognising different letters in your name
Writing own name using name card
Book week 
Letters & sounds aspect 7
Blending & segmenting letters to make words
Writing own name independently


Mathematics
Positional language long/short
Tall/small
Measuring
Counting activities
Number games
Number recognition 1-20 1 more/less 
2D & 3D shapes
Repeating patterns
Money


UTW
Visit to Eccalesall woods
North America- Canadian Red Wood
-possible visit from fire men
- woodland creatures 
Oceans
New Zealand
Water & bubbles
Stars & Astrology
Visit to The Deep


EA&D
Role Play- Gruffalo wood
Gruffalo masks
Famous artists
Display of Mauri warrior
Dancing
Face painting
Roleplay