St James EYFS
At St James, we provide our children with a curriculum that is designed to be flexible, engaging and exciting so that their unique needs, passions and interests are embraced. Every child is an exceptional individual and we celebrate and respect differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge and values that equips our children for their future successes. We inspire our children to become accomplished, happy individuals, ready to reach their full potential in an ever-changing world.
Our EYFS curriculum aims to recognise children’s prior learning and experiences, influenced by their home and community, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become critical and creative thinkers.
We aim to work in partnership with our parents and carers to promote independent, confident and enthusiastic learners who thrive in school and make good progress from their various starting points. We promote positive relationships and attitudes to learning where we enthuse aspiration for both children and their parents.
We actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence and independence. All children have access to quality first teaching and are supported to ensure they are able to engage in all areas of learning. The learning environment is engaging and stimulating and allows opportunities for challenge. First hand experiences are weaved into the diverse curriculum alongside opportunities to develop the children’s cultural opportunities. Activities are a mixture of child initiated and adult directed and take place both indoors and outdoors. Activities revisit and build upon prior leaning and experiences.
Our children have varied and diverse starting points. Therefore, we have high expectations to ensure that points all children make ‘strong progress’ across all of the areas of the EYFS curriculum. Progress is evident on Tapestry, in floor books and through data. We strive for children to achieve the expected standards in the prime areas of learning, Literacy Development and Mathematical Development by the end of Reception and to be at least in line with National Expectations and to be prepared for the transition to Year 1. We monitor the pupils learning and assess those achieving age related expectations throughout the academic year, put supportive interventions in place if and when needed. Class teachers use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace.
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation stage