Our EYFS is packed full of fun and meaningful experiences by learning through play. Our indoor and outdoor environments are developed by practitioners who are dedicated to providing 'wow' moments and irresistible activities where children learn. We also like our children to develop and build upon their own interests, so that they become actively engaged in their learning journeys.
Children experience adult directed learning (which we call together time) where we teach new skills and knowledge in a practical and active way. During COOL time (choose our own learning time), our staff play with our children to help to model and develop language and vocabulary in meaningful ways (using the Shrec Approach as a model).
Topics - Our topics are between 4 and 6 weeks long, depending on interest, engagement and learning. These topics are broad and open questions which leave room to follow the direction of things the children want to learn (as well as covering our own curriculum intentions). For example, our topic "What's in an egg?" took lots of different directions in both classes last year, from dinosaurs to birds, to mythical creatures. We even found dinosaur eggs in the woods and invited a scientist to come and investigate them! This was very eggsiting! We love to have lots of 'wow' 'ooh' and 'ahh!"moments - that is where the best learning happens.
Child initiated learning experiences are very powerful and enable children to cover all areas of the curriculum. Play does not just happen. Our environments are laid out carefully to maximise the learning opportunities. We carefully add enhancements to the learning area to stimulate their experiences or teach them new skills. Children are taught to help themselves to resources and also to take responsibility to put them back carefully for the next person. This is the same outdoors - our learning sheds and packed full of resources which children can select from with their friends.
Please see other areas of this curriculum page to see how we approach reading, writing and maths in more detail.