The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well. In school this refers to both the Nursery (Ladybirds Class) and Reception Year (Butterflies, Bumblebees and Dragonflies). It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The revised framework for the EYFS has been implemented from 1 September 2012.
The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools. We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we gather their ideas through mind-mapping and plan according to their needs and interests. Topics that we taught last year included Stories, Superheroes and The World Around Us.
The Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) in all maintained schools has been reformed by the current government. We aim to teach as much curriculum content as possible through our topic themes, however, some subjects are taught discretely where this is not possible. Our curriculum and topics are enhanced each term as much as possible through visits, workshops, theatres and so on.
Subjects covered within the curriculum are:
English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music; Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education.
The National Curriculum can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
Within each subject there are a range of skills and knowledge to be taught, as well as teaching the application of basic skills in English and Maths through other subjects, i.e. reading in all subjects, measuring and recording methods in Science etc. At the beginning of each new topic we gather the children’s ideas through mind mapping and plan our teaching according to their interests and gaps in knowledge and understanding.
The range of topics we will be teaching this year can be on the link above, along with long term plans for each subject.
For additional information please see Year Group newsletters or contact the school.
At The Oaks we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which we supplement with resources from other schemes, such as the use of Jolly Phonics actions. Children are grouped in EYFS and Year 1 according to the area of Letters and Sounds which they are learning. These groups are fluid and flexible according to children’s progress and need. Year 2 teach phonics within the classes and differentiate according to the needs of individuals. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners.
At The Oaks reading books are banded according to their content. Pupils are taught reading skills during Guided Reading lessons, Phonics lessons and through cross-curricular activities. Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level. We also run Better Reading Partnerships, a programme which accelerates the progress of pupils in reading.
For more information on any of our reading or phonics provision, please do not hesitate to contact the school.