Early Years Foundation Stage
At Catherine Infant School we believe in developing the ‘whole’ child – socially, morally, emotionally and physically.
In the Early Years, play is a strong motivating factor in learning and it is positively encouraged within the whole school environment both indoors and outdoors. Quality interactions are a part of our quality first teaching which allows children to develop their language, creativity and thinking skills, increasing their confidence.
We offer a curriculum that is individualised for our children, that takes their interests and strengths to broaden the valuable learning experiences that we provide. Our safe, stimulating and inclusive environment encourages our children to explore, experiment, look, observe, touch, discuss and share their ideas freely.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance to promote a curriculum that teaches the children to be inquisitive through their purposeful play and develop positive attitudes towards learning that are instilled, building confidence and resilience.
There are seven areas of learning and development which give information on what children in the Early Years need to learn both in Nursery and Reception. The curriculum emphasises the Characteristics of Learning which highlight the importance of how children learn and the need to accommodate the uniqueness of each child’s learning style. The areas of learning are split into two groups, Prime areas and Specific areas. All the areas are important and interlinked.
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.
Follow the link to find out more about the EYFS Curriculum: Development matters.