Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
At Fairfield Primary we strongly believe that parents are the first educators of their children and we will be building upon the strengths and skills which each child brings with them when they start school. As a result of this we strongly encourage the children to share their interests, enthusiasms and knowledge which will reflect each child’s individual communities and cultures.
From this we then have a starting point for an area of investigation from which we can include all Areas of Learning and Development and encourage children to develop the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Therefore we do not publish a list of topics that will be covered over the year as every group of children will bring with them different interests and enquiries!
However we do need to ensure that children are supported in order to make progress and in gaining the skills that they will need to remain an effective and motivated learner and in order to support the Nursery and Reception years we refer to the Government guidance ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’ which has been implemented nationally since September 2012. There is a copy of this on our webpage if you would like to refer to this. The guidance helps adults to understand and support each individual child’s development pathway.
We have adapted the Development Matters guidance to use as a long term planning tool with codes for each statement to enable us to cross reference the statements to the activities that we undertake. This enables us to ensure that we balance following the children’s interests with covering the skills and knowledge necessary for them to develop and progress.
“Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.
Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments."