The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is the statutory framework that sets out children’s learning and development in the Foundation Stage. It gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The EYFS is underpinned by four key principles (a unique child, positive relationships, an enabling environment, and learning and development). Children join us at Corpus Christi for the last year of the Foundation Stage, their Reception year.
Children in EYFS learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
Children will generally develop within the three prime areas first:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development
As children develop, the prime areas will help them to cultivate skills in the four specific areas of the EYFS curriculum:
Understanding the world;
Expressive arts and design.
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities which are tailored to suit your child’s individual needs. We link the characteristics of effective learning which enable children to become confident lifelong learners to our school learning animals which helps to make learning explicit for our children.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Through the Early Years, our Practitioners support the children’s growing independence and self-help skills. They are positively encouraged to do things for themselves and to become independent learners.
At the beginning of the Reception year we complete a baseline assessment informed by observation of your child and at the end of the year teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile which is based on Early Learning Goals in each of the seven areas of learning. This assessment is based on observations of your child throughout the year.
We consider parents and carers to be the first educators of a child and we aim to fully involve you through contributing to learning journals (records of the progress of your child), participating in learning workshops with your child, reading at home and supporting in home work and take away homework projects. We operate an open door policy at Corpus Christi, meaning you are always welcome to discuss your child’s well-being and learning with their teacher or a member of the school’s senior leadership team.
For KS1 The Phonics scheme is supplemented by Jolly Phonics.
The Reading scheme is supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree and by other books.