The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. The EYFS has four themes. These are:
Within the theme of learning and development there are seven areas.
All areas are connected to one another and are equally important.
There are seven learning and development areas are:
The provision of the curriculum ensures that children experience a full range of learning opportunities including child initiated, teacher directed and group learning. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors.
Reading and writing are taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree).
Children are assessed throughout their time in the foundation stage
through observations, conversations and photographs. Parents, staff and the children themselves all contribute to the assessment process. In the nursery class the developmental phases are used for assessment purposes and the foundation stage profile (FSP) in reception.
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