At PSJ, we want children who leave EYFS to have all of the skills and knowledge they need as a foundation for starting the National Curriculum in Year 1. Using Birth to 5 Matters as a guide, we have picked out the key skills that all of our children will acquire through their EYFS journey. These are developed from nursery until the children leave Reception and together form our EYFS Intent:
We achieve these learning intentions by firstly recognising children as unique individuals who learn through the important process of play. This enables us to provide a stimulating learning environment which inspires children’s active learning through independent exploration whilst promoting their critical thinking skills and creativity. Activities are planned following and developing individual children’s interests whilst learning through play. Planning also clearly defines the teaching progression for our 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds which practitioners are adept at following clearly.
Our children are provided with a secure, caring base from which to independently explore, learn and reach their potential. The learning environment is calm and well resourced with enriching and engaging provision both indoors and outdoors. Practitioners view children as competent and capable. They form positive relationships with each individual child and empower them to confidently express their voice and views. Our preschool children are well prepared and more than ready for their transition into school.
Having a qualified teacher in an Early years setting has the greatest impact on the quality of provision (Best Start in Life part 1: setting the scene- Gov.uk). In our Nursery, we have a qualified early years teacher, who is supported by a number of nursery practitioners. This teacher works closely with the Reception team to ensure progression of quality provision across both the nursery and reception settings, and to support ongoing training and professional development for staff.
Our ambitious nursery curriculum feeds into our reception curriculum, allowing children to explore the building blocks of national curriculum subjects they will go on and study.
Our curriculum maps below outline the learning journey your child will take as they move through our early years: nursery through to the end of Reception.
The progression documents below detail the progress we expect children to make as they move through our nursery and Reception classes. Here you will also find details of how our adults interact with children and set up the learning environment to support their progress in these areas.
Communication and Language
Expressive Arts and Design
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World