Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our focus in EYFS is to understand our students, learning what motivates them and understanding their strengths and barriers to learning.  This enables us to start supporting them in building the characteristics of effective learning, including developing key skills such as attending, sharing and transitioning.  We build relationships with our students and ensures all children have the opportunity to succeed.

Students are supported to develop strong skills across all Prime Areas of Learning. The teaching of reading and phonics is given priority, instilling a life-long love of reading and equipping children with the skills to grow into fluent readers, on the appropriate reading pathway for them.  Fundamental to this is ensuring Communication and Language underpins all learning within the EYFS classroom and we work closely with Speech and Language Therapists to provide this.

We want students to enjoy learning and to be actively involved in leading their learning through play-based opportunities and high-quality interactions with staff who have a strong understanding of the EYFS framework. We strive to develop their independence and to broaden their learning experiences to they can embed and extend their learning through play and enrichment opportunities.

The curriculum within EYFS is supported by the Differentiated Early Years Outcomes (DEYO.) This enables us to provide a curriculum which enables our students to achieve; it Is flexible, adapted and removes barriers to progress. We make use of specialist approaches such as The Curiosity Programme, Attention Autism and PECs to support our students in making progress.

If you would like more information about our EYFS provision, please contact Ashton Myatt (Phase Leader for EYFS/Key Stage 1) AMyatt@addingtonvalley.org