In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Corngreaves Academy, we aim to give each child a positive and meaningful start to their school life, in which they can establish solid foundations on which to develop into independent lifelong learners. We aim to ensure that children access a broad and balanced curriculum that gives them the wide range of knowledge and skills needed for good progress through school and life.
We will encourage children to develop independence within a secure and friendly atmosphere; to support children in building relationships through the development of social skills such as cooperation and sharing; to help each child to recognise their own strengths and achievements through experiencing success and by developing the confidence to work towards personal goals.
Quality and consistency in teaching and learning alongside our high expectations will enable each child to develop socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally and to achieve their full potential. We will offer a structure for learning that has a range of starting points and unlimited availability for development through a wide range of new and exciting first-hand experiences that will give children the opportunity to consolidate, explore and test their skills, knowledge and understanding alongside existing experiences. We will ensure that children are kept healthy and safe and that they achieve the knowledge and skills they need to start school.
All of the children in both Pre-school and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). The EYFS is a holistic approach which focuses on development of the whole child and is made up of three Prime areas of learning and four Specific areas of learning. The Prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Learning through play underpins our approach to teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We embrace the fact that young children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them to learn. In doing so we can provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in a happy, safe and caring environment which enables them to explore and develop their learning and which helps them make sense of the world.
Children have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experiences at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, inspire those around them and consolidate their understanding and skills.
The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. Our adults take an active role in child initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating, teaching and extending play, skills and language.