The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning and Foxwood Academy gives particular focus to communication and language, social and self-help skills and developing play and exploration. A creative and multi-sensory approach to learning is adopted with daily opportunities to learn both indoors and outdoors.
The prime areas of learning are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
EYFS learners have ample opportunity to engage in planned play; both adult-led and child-initiated. The Academy recognises the crucial role of the adult in scaffolding play to develop key communication and play skills, widen a child’s interests and develop their confidence and curiosity.
EYFS Profile and ELGs
The EYFS Profile is used for assessment purposes which allows holistic, best-fit judgements to be made about a child’s development. This is a collaborative process involving classroom practitioners, parents and outside agencies. Ongoing assessment occurs routinely within the EYFS; photographs and videos are used to capture a child’s interests and achievements and are shared with parents and caregivers as appropriate.
A judgement for each of the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) is made during the final term of the EYFS.
|Prime Areas||Communication and Language ELGs||Physical Development ELGs||Personal, Social and Emotional Development ELGs|
|Literacy ELGs||Mathematics ELGs||Understanding the World ELGs||Expressive Arts and Design ELGs|
A child’s learning and development will either be described as meeting expected levels of development or emerging in each area of learning. This knowledge will then be used to inform a thorough baseline assessment for all core and non-core subjects as well as the Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) curriculum in readiness for teaching and learning in Year 1. The class teacher remains consistent between EYFS and Year 1 to ensure this important transition is as smooth as it can be.