Our intent for the Early Years Foundation Stage at Churchfields Primary school is to provide an education that starts the curriculum journey that the children will follow throughout their time here at Churchfields. We follow the Early Years Foundation stage and build on this using our crucial knowledge-based curriculum in which the children can then become equipped for the next stage in their learning. The school rules are established, reinforced and we provide a warm secure trusting environment, so children feel safe to learn.
In nursery we begin by prioritising the three prime areas of learning to include both indoor and outdoor provision, we teach children how to listen, speak clearly and meet the high expectations for behaviour promoting independence from the onset. As children become more independent and secure in their environment, we teach a curriculum that then considers all seven areas of learning encompassing crucial knowledge which provides a clear and sequenced curriculum that prepares the children for KS1.
Reading and writing are an essential part of a child’s life; as they are the key to unlocking learning, accessing instructions, information and knowledge. Therefore, we have made reading the heart of our curriculum design to capture children's interests and imagination. Our curriculum is based around carefully chosen stories giving us the opportunities to teach children about what is important in their world as well as the wider world around them both academically and emotionally. Teaching phonics daily, using Jolly Phonics, ensures that children are given the tools that they need to read and write for themselves.
Counting and number is an integral part of the EYFS, and children are taught the counting principals from Nursery through everyday experiences as well as direct teaching using white rose maths which is used throughout the school. This underpins the value of number, focusing children's understanding throughout Reception to ensure that knowledge is embedded so children are ready for the KS1 curriculum