EYFS Curriculum

EYFS Curriculum

Children in our nursery and reception class follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This lays a secure foundation for future learning that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child. At Barnet Hill we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and have their own learning styles.  They learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. There is a mixture of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities.
Children are taught the social skills of sharing and caring, following instructions and are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills.

There are three Prime Areas of Learning and development:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Children are also supported in 4 specific areas, through which the 3 Prime Areas are strengthened and applied. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.
All our children have access to a stimulating and challenging environment that has a strong emphasis on learning through play and first hand experiences. Our planning is based on the principle that children learn most effectively when they are interested and motivated by the activities they engage with. Therefore children’s individual interests are used as a basis for our planning. A balance of planned adult-led activities and child- initiated activities ensures developmentally appropriate differentiation and challenge.