Our Early Years, Foundation Stage and Year 1 Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework is the statutory curriculum we run through our Two Year Old, Nursery and Reception classes. Our practitioners also use the non-statutory curriculum guidance published by the DfE, called Development Matters.
The Primary School National Curriculum is statutory and starts in Year 1. At our school, we treat Year 1 as part of our EYFS phase, meaning that our pupils are taught in a child-centered, play-based way for longer. They still access all the learning in the National Curriculum, it is just that we do not start more formal approaches to learning until children are in Year 2. At that point, we run smaller classes than normal and focus on ensuring pupils are absolutely ready for Year 2 SATs and the next stage of their education in Key Stage 2 (known as KS2, representing Years 3-6).
We have found this approach transformative and extremely popular with parents. It enables us to offer our younger pupils a developmentally appropriate form of education and is contributing to significant improvements in performance.
In order to ensure coverage of both the EYFS and the Year 1 National Curricula for our Two Year Olds, through Reception and Year 1, our teachers follow the following curriculum maps. They are designed to segue well with our Curriculum for Years 2-6, ensuring pupils master the core knowledge and skills needed to access the next stage in their learning.
Two Year Old and Nursery Curriculum Overview
Reception and Year 1 Curriculum Overviews
Please also see the Termly Topic Maps we send to parents, providing an overview of their children's learning.