Areas of Learning in EYFS
Learning Together Achieving Together
At Waverton we consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child, and use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences in all of the areas of learning and development. We reflect on the different ways children learn to ensure high quality teaching:
- playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
- creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
At Waverton planning begins with the observation of children in the learning environment. We observe individual interests, learning styles, current development and levels, before planning a relevant, creative, flexible and progressive curriculum.
The planning within the EYFS starts with the data gained on entry and from observations. Staff value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are interconnected. Children are asked what they already know and what they would like to learn in the coming weeks. This forms the basis of our Medium Term Topic Plans. Different topics are taught which ensure coverage of the framework but also takes into account children’s interests and motivations. Each topic is taught through a variety of texts, ensuring that reading and vocabulary are a focus, promoting a love of books and developing language. Weekly plans are flexible depending on children’s previous learning and interests. At Waverton phonics is taught daily and we follow our school policy, White Rose scheme, NCTEM and topic links are used for Maths, Literacy skills are taught in a variety of ways, ensuring reading is at the heart of everything we do, eg talk for writing, pathways to write, helicopter stories. Children read individually and when appropriate, in guided reading groups, books are linked to phonic phases. Physical Development is taught using our PE passport, Personal Social and Emotional Development is taught using our school developed curriculum and statutory skills and knowledge are taught for RE.
Please find attached an overview of what each subject area looks like in the Early Years Foundation Stage.