The Vision of Early Years at De Beauvoir
“When wellbeing is high, everything else follows”
In the Early Years, we recognise the starting points of pupils new to Nursery and Reception and have developed a curriculum which is ambitious, creative, interesting and designed to provide the building blocks for future learning. We create a safe, stimulating, engaging environment which allows for meaningful learning across all seven areas of the curriculum and activities and tasks are often centred around a book / theme or linked to pupils’ interests.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has been designed to ensure children become lifelong learners and through holistic teaching and rich learning opportunities, we develop the children academically, socially and emotionally and provide stepping stones that will help them throughout their schooling experience. We have high expectations and aspirations for all our children and the classroom and learning reflects and celebrates the diversity within our school.
An Early Years classroom, combining Nursery and Reception children, allows for high quality interactions between peers. It allows for the development of the prime areas, increased levels of well-being, self-regulation, independence and resilience. For Nursery aged children, skills and learning are demonstrated and supported by older peers, providing modelling and mentoring, as well as helping with the development of language, peer interaction and social communication. For Reception children, the mixed age group supports their personal, social and emotional development, their understanding of compassion, empathy, co-operation, patience and teamwork, as well as developing their language and explanation skills. Reception children will also have opportunities to become models for their younger peers, which in turn will develop their confidence.
Read more information about the changes to the EYFS Curriculum and the new Reception Baseline here.
Reception baseline letter
Baseline Information from gov.uk
DfE has published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre. ‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formerly ‘What to expect when’) guides parents through what to expect with their child’s development. It aligns with the new Development Matters to help practitioners engage with parents about their child’s development.
Read the QA 2021 – 22 about the EYFS provision at De Beauvoir.
Click on the link below to access Fig Class Curriculum Newsletter:
Curriculum Newsletter Fig Class Autumn Term