The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year.
Early Years Curriculum Statement
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage at The Rosary, we intent to support and encourage all the children within our care to become independent and collaborative learners. All children begin their educational journey with different experiences to others in their learning and play. The Early Years curriculum is designed to offer a broad and balanced education, which meets the needs of all children with the forward-thinking vision where pupils live, love and learn together. The curriculum will enable them to gain skills, knowledge and understanding, supporting them to progress from their individual starting points. Our ethos in Early Years is to support children's personal, social and emotional development enabling them to feel safe and secure and ready to learn, supporting them to build resilience.
It is our role to help the children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning.
The seven areas consist of Prime and Specific areas. The Prime areas are - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Physical Development.
The Specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
We offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of all children. We follow the Early Years curriculum using topics and themes and enrichment opportunities.
The aim of our curriculum is to develop a love of learning through:
Children are encouraged to develop relationships with familiar adult’s as well as children. The children are supported to develop their own independence and a positive self-image.
Throughout Nursery and Reception children develop their speaking and listening skills. Children are given varied opportunities in order to support this.
Children have access to resources to support development of both fine and gross motor control. We encourage healthy habits when learning about healthy foods and the importance of physical activity.
The children have free access to books and children begin to take part in guided reading sessions. Children have access to a range of writing opportunities to develop their early writing skills.
Daily phonic sessions take place in both Nursery and Reception.
At the Rosary we teach phonics through Sound! Start Phonics for Letters and Sounds.
This programme aims to develop children's speaking and listening skills as well as preparing children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. The programme is broken down to teach sounds in a certain order, these are known as phases.
Phase One (Nursery/Reception)
In this phase there are seven different aspects, known as environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting. Phase 1 concentrates on developing the children's speaking and listening skills.
Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks.
In phase two children learn 19 letters of the alphabet and a sound for each. The children are taught a set of letters and their sounds each week.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks.
Phase three focuses on the remaining 7 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters.
Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks.
In phase four, correspondences are taught and no new grapheme-phonemes are added. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants e.g. swim, clap, jump.
For information about Phases Five - Six and definitions of the Phonics terms - please see the English Curriculum page.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop mathematical understanding through practical activities like number stories, number songs, games and imaginative play. Please refer to the whole school calculation policy to see the concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches that we use to develop mathematical understanding. Also we have key objectives that are taught to help develop early maths mastery. Details of these can be found in the Numeracy Curriculum page (also see the link at the bottom of this page)
Children are encouraged to explore and ask questions about the environment. The children have the opportunity to use technology throughout all areas of learning.
Children are exposed to a variety of activities to allow them to use their senses, explore sounds, colours, textures and work with a variety of different materials.
The impact of our curriculum at The Rosary enables children to develop detailed knowledge and skills across the seven areas of learning in an age-appropriate way.
As leaders and practitioners we evaluate the impact of our curriculum by checking what children know and can do. This is when we identify how we have made a different to children’s learning and development.
You can see the impact of the education we provide by our observations and assessments of children, talking to the children and adults and by how our staff are able to describe how well we know our children.
We ensure the children have a smooth transition process within the EYFS phase and moving from Reception to Year 1. Children are ready to continue their learning journey as they progress to the National Curriculum. This is supported by the EYFS / Year 1 staff working closely together to ensure they are aware of the children's individual next steps in their learning.
Here at the Rosary our curriculum is planned through a series of themes and topics, each of which offer experiences in all seven areas. Staff within the Foundation Stage ensure that children are encouraged to experience all areas of activity during the week. A mixture of adult led, adult directed and child initiated activities are planned.
If the children show an interest in a particular topic, the above plan will be amended to follow the children's interests.