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In EYFS at Cheddington School the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home, provide first hand learning experiences, whilst allowing the children to build resilience, independence, enthusiasm and confidence.

 Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that the children’s first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling them to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.

Throughout their time in EYFS, the children develop a sense of belonging to our school community, ready to transition to Year 1 the following academic year. They have the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

They will develop personally, socially and emotionally, physically, in their communication and language, in their literacy and mathematics, in their understanding of the world around them and in their ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, using art and design.

We intend:

To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points. Parents will be kept informed of what their children are doing and learning each week, so that they can also develop learning opportunities at home and can further engage and respond to their children’s enthusiasm and development.

To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.

To create an indoor and outdoor environment which supports learning.

To prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make at least good progress from their starting points. They will have the skills needed in order for them to gain the ELGs and to make further progress as they proceed through the school, especially in reading, writing and mathematics and in their confidence to ask questions, be curious and to be resilient when facing challenges.

To support transition into KS1, by working closely with the Year 1 team.

In the EYFS the children will learn through the following topics- Ourselves, Into the Past, The world, Space, Plants and Animals, and Water. They will be offered a rich variety of opportunities to learn individually, in groups and as a whole class, participating in self-chosen tasks and adult led tasks, with lots of learning through play.