Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the period of education from birth to five years.
The EYFS Framework
This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
•Communication and Language;
•Physical Development; and
•Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
Communication and Language Development:
Use the links below to help support / develop your child's Language Development at home.
Article 1: Mary Hartshorne form ICAN - gives her tips on helping children to develop their lanaguage skills.
Article 2: Is my child ready for school? A guided to expected communication levels for school starters.
The article below has some great 'excercises' on how you can help develop the fine motor skills and hand strength of your child at home.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
Literacy - this includes both reading and writing. Here is an article about why early reading is critical for your child's education: https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/why-is-reading-so-important.html
Maths - here is an article about how we teach early number skills and ideas on what you can do at home: https://www.theschoolrun.com/early-years-number-skills. In Reception we are going to be teaching a Number a Week, and how many different ways we can use that number and develop different mathematical skills.
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. For more information please visit https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/what-to-expect-when/
Early Years Foundation Stage at Lyme
In EYFS at Lyme Community Primary School, we follow a child led approach to play based learning with the belief that each child develops at his or her own pace. The teachers and teaching assistants support and develop your child in their learning, focussing upon your child's interests rather than an adult formulated plan. Play is a child's work, and we make no distinction between the two, therefore you will probably hear from your child that they play all day, however this is where the learning takes place.
Each day, the adults in the classroom will join the children in their learning, whether that's in the sand pit, the book corner, the creative area or somewhere else. They will observe what an individual child or group of children is doing and will help develop their knowledge and understanding by asking them questions, providing information, or demonstrating a skill. This quick 'in the moment' planning and teaching means that the new knowledge or skill is immediately useful and meaningful to your child, and is therefore more likely to be retained and used independently in the future. It also means that your child is taught new skills and information at the right level for them.
To maximise learning opportunities, the children have daily access to both an indoor and outdoor classroom, and are encouraged to make their own choices. We have many different areas and activities always available which include (but are not limited to):
blocks and construction
arts and crafts, including painting, drawing, junk modelling
ICT and technology
a mud kitchen
cooking (upon request)
Reading, writing and mathematics are seen frequently across all areas and activities.
Reception children will also have 15 minutes a day of formal phonics teaching but phonological awareness and development are encouraged at all times. They also have a formal maths session every afternoon straight after lunch.
We come together in our key groups once a day for nursery and twice a day in reception to sing songs, read stories, share our learning and hear about special items children have brought in from home.