EYFS

Curriculum Intent


At Grappenhall Heys,we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning.  We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. With this in mind, we ensure that the children’s transition from their current setting is seamless and that previous key workers,parents and children are met with prior to them starting school so that their interests and needs are planned for.

Children in bothour Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.


The Prime Areas:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts

The teaching of these areas of learning is practical and playful with support and challenge from adults in class sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals.There is a combination of adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as stimulating continuous provision opportunities. Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”. At Grappenhall Heys, we strive to develop these key characteristics of “Playing and Learning”, “Active Learning” and “Thinking Critically” in order to give the children the skills that they will continue to draw upon throughout their development.

Our learning environments, both inside and outside are continually enhanced to meet the different and developing needs of the children. We aim to ensure that these are always stimulating and engaging and that they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are on their learning journey. The environments are developed to promote independence within our children and allow them to access the curriculum independently and confidently with the necessary level of support and challenge.

Within our EYFS Curriculum, children are assessed continuously through accurate observations.These provide us with information for future planning, not only for our individual classes but also for individual children’s next steps in their learning.They enable us, as EYFS practitioners, to ensure learning is embedded and consistent and that all children continue to make outstanding progress within our EYFS setting.

At Grappenhall Heys our curriculum recognises children’s prior learning; provides first-hand learning experiences;allows the children to develop interpersonal skills; builds resilience and celebrates creative, reflective thinkers. Each child is a unique individual and we welcome the opportunities presented by an evolving local community and a diverse world.  


 

EARLY YEARS AT GRAPPENHALL HEYS


Watch a video of our Early Maths and how we introduce our children to a love of maths learning...



NURTURING INTERESTS


By allowing the children to express their thoughts and ideas, interests can be nurtured and explored whilst simultaneously developing crucial areas of development that equip children to access the curriculum throughout their education. For example, every moment a child spends exploring and enjoying objects can help a child to become familiar with sounds and words.


CHALLENGES

So many carefully captured challenges can be uncovered in a child's world of play. For example, at what point did these children decide the stone would become an animal, or the sticks could become shapes and how will the children go about completing this, completely independently.






BRING THE INDOORS - OUTDOORS


It is so important that when topics are introduced, the children can explore them in every area of their provision. So Jack in the Beanstalk story book becomes giant walking outdoors!!



BRING THE OUTDOORS - INDOORS


There is so much inspiration to be found in the world around us and children being able to relate to their environment in their everyday life is essential. By relating to our local environment, children are far more likely to re-apply a piece of knowledge and skill when they re-engage in that same item within and out of the school day. A road stop sign can become a 'p' painting focus straight from the outdoors - indoors!





PHONICS

A child being able to sound out letter sounds to formulate words is wonderful for their motivation and enjoyment of learning, as well as the foundations of lifelong access to a literacy curriculum. We use a range of activities to strategically repeat and engage in the order of sounds that phonics pedagogy encourages


NURTURING INTERESTS


By allowing the children to express their thoughts and ideas, interests can be nurtured and explored whilst simultaneously developing crucial areas of development that equip children to access the curriculum throughout their education. For example, every moment a child spends exploring and enjoying objects can help a child to become familiar with sounds and words.


CHALLENGES

So many carefully captured challenges can be uncovered in a child's world of play. For example, at what point did these children decide the stone would become an animal, or the sticks could become shapes and how will the children go about completing this, completely independently.