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Green Wrythe Primary School

EYFS Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage Unit at Green Wrythe Primary school.

At Green Wrythe children explore the curriculum in many ways, individually, during “Discovery Time” when the adult joins the child in their play and supports next steps in learning, as well as focussed learning opportunities which embeds previous teaching or addresses misconceptions or gaps in learning. These can be the whole class, a small group or individually.

The adults are there to teach. They do this through observing and interacting. Our adults know the children very well and have a sound understanding of child development. This ensures that the adults enhance and extend the learning at the appropriate level for each unique child. As the children become involved in activities of their choice or working in focussed groups, the adults observe the children carefully, and engage in quality interactions (teaching) to move the learning on. 

In Discovery Time, our workshop style environment indoors and outside, high level learning takes place. All resources are available to the children all the time and they select what they want to do in each area. This is enhanced regularly according to the children’s interest and any focussed adult led learning. The children initiate their own learning and the adults support and guide them to extend the learning opportunities. We use the observation cycle on a moment by moment basis. Focus children are given extra attention, but all the children are busy and learning all the time. .

In Reception, our focussed groups include daily phonic and maths teaching as well as reading with an adult three times a week.

In Nursery we focus on communication and language, social skills, early number, reading and writing experiences. 

We strive to ensure that our children’s progress across the EYFS curriculum is good from their varied starting points. We also strive for children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. We measure the percentage of pupils achieving age related expectations throughout the academic year and put supportive interventions in place if and when needed.

Three Characteristics of Effective Learning

(Revised EYFS)

Playing and Exploring – do they investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’?

Learning Actively – do they concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements? 

Creating and Thinking Critically – do they have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

EYFS Curriculum - 3i's Skills and Progression