Early Years Foundation Stage
At St. Kentigern’s Catholic Primary School, we view parents as valued first educators and so we work mutually with parents, carers, and families, to create a happy, safe and stimulating environment where all children are motivated to learn and grow in confidence and self-esteem. By maintaining high expectations of ourselves and each other, our children will be equipped to encounter opportunities and challenges with resilience and determination. We encourage a curiosity about the world and strive to ensure that our children contribute positively to it, both now and in the future.
We provide an ambitious and inclusive curriculum that educates all children in the knowledge and skills to be curious, independent, resilient learners, whilst providing a warm and caring environment. Opportunities are maximised to develop the child as a whole, ensuring their unique gifts and talents are celebrated. The children ‘s spirituality is encouraged to flourish so that they know they are valued members of God’s family.
Reception and Nursery work closely with each other to ensure continuity, consistency, and progression throughout the Foundation Stage. Our Mission Statement, “We learn and pray in faith and love,” is at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate and welcome the differences within our school community. The children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop their interests, skills, and talents and to promote their understanding of the world and their place within it. We strive to ensure that all children reach the Early Learning Goals and beyond!
EYFS Curriculum Intent
We learn and pray in Faith and Love
At St. Kentigern’s, we promote the holistic development of each child and provide the best education within a supportive, Catholic environment. We nurture each person in our school community to allow them to grow socially and emotionally, secure in the knowledge that they are loved by God and respected by all who share our school life.
Children follow the EYFS Framework in Acorns, Nursery, and Reception. Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
The Early Years Framework sets out the seven areas of learning and what children should be able to do by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (the early learning goals).
A child’s individual learning characteristics determine the way they respond to both the teaching and learning taking place within the provision. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
At St. Kentigern’s we implement a curriculum that is ambitious; it is embedded securely and consistently across the provision. It is designed to give children the knowledge, experiences, and opportunities available, particularly the most disadvantaged pupils, to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced. It builds on what children know and can do, towards securing sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning.
The curriculum supports the development of the characteristics of learning to ensure they become confident, resilient learners.
At St. Kentigern’s we have high aspirations for all our pupils. For children with particular needs, such as those with high levels of SEND, the curriculum is still ambitious and meets their unique individual needs.
Children benefit from meaningful learning across the EYFS curriculum at St. Kentigern’s. Through a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning, children make progress across the seven areas of learning.
The Curriculum is based on the new EYFS Framework. Development Matters supports practitioners in the delivery of the curriculum.
- All pupils are assigned a named key person, who ensures that pupils' learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs.
- The curriculum ensures that our pupils develop their learning characteristics, alongside the seven areas of learning to ensure pupils receive the right support and encouragement during the EYFS years to enable them to become creative, and adventurous learners throughout their lives.
- All teaching staff have secure curriculum knowledge and have a deep understanding of how children learn. Support, through continuous professional development, ensures high-quality first teaching is delivered across the provision.
- All teaching staff presents information clearly to children, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter being taught. All Staff engages in meaningful interactions and conversations with pupils to check children’s understanding, identify misconceptions and provide clear explanations to improve their learning. In so doing, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.
- All teaching staff ensure that their own speaking, listening, and reading of English enables children to hear and develop their own language and vocabulary. They read to children in a way that excites and engages them, introducing new ideas, concepts, and vocabulary.
- Across the EYFS provision, teaching is designed to ensure children have the opportunity to embed their learning so information sticks in their long-term memory. New learning is integrated and progress in learning is made.
- All staff and leaders use assessment well to check what children know and can do to inform teaching. This includes planning suitably challenging activities and responding to specific needs. Leaders understand the limitations of assessment and avoid unnecessary burdens for staff or children.
- All staff create an environment that supports the intent of an ambitious, coherently planned, and sequenced curriculum. The available resources meet the children’s needs and promote their focus on learning.
- All staff share information with parents about their child’s progress via the online platform Seesaw. They help parents to support and extend their child’s learning at home, including how to encourage a love of reading.
Children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the 7 areas of learning and use these in an age-appropriate way.
- A language-rich environment ensures children develop their vocabulary and understanding of language across the EYFS curriculum.
- Children are ready for the next stage of education in Key Stage One. They have the knowledge, skills, and characteristics of learning that they need to benefit from what school has to offer.
- Children enjoy, listen attentively and respond with comprehension to familiar stories, rhymes, and songs that are appropriate to their age and stage of development.
- Children understand securely the early mathematical concepts appropriate to their age and stage that will enable them to move on to the next stage of their learning.
- Children articulate what they know, understand, and can do in an age-appropriate way, holding thoughtful conversations with adults and their friends.
- The children are physically active in their play, developing their physiological, cardiovascular, and motor skills. They show good control and coordination in both large and small movements appropriate for their stage of development.
- Children have secure knowledge and understanding of the importance of oral health.