All our children’s learning is based on the revised early years foundation stage curriculum (EYFS).

At St Ursula’s we aim to:

  • Create a happy, safe and secure environment, where all children derive pleasure from and confidence in their learning
  • Encourage children to develop their self-sufficiency to help them become independent learners
  • Build strong links with home and the local community
  • Create an engaging and stimulating environment that challenges every child and helps them to learn and develop at a level appropriate to their needs

early years foundation stage

The revised early years foundation stage curriculum underpins all future learning by supporting children’s development in all areas in a cross-curricular fashion.

Encouraging play

Children are encouraged to play and explore both inside and outside whatever the weather! Adults work with the children as they play, supporting them to move their learning on by building on their existing knowledge.

Teachers and support staff closely observe the children as they play, writing notes and taking photos to build up a detailed picture of where each child is at, what they are interested in and what they need to do next.

Working with you

We aim to work closely with parents to do this, as you know your child best, and will ask you to help us by sharing any information on your child’s interests at home.

We use all this information to help us plan meaningful, challenging and stimulating learning opportunities through a mix of whole class teaching, smaller focus groups and independent play so that learning is fun!

Characteristics of learning

We carefully look at how your child learns in order to help move them on. There are three ‘characteristics of effective learning’ identified in the early years foundation stage curriculum:

  • Playing and exploring- engagement
  • Active learning- motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically- thinking

To help encourage children to talk about their learning experiences we have assigned an animal to each characteristic of learning: a monkey for playing and exploring, a spider for active learning and a dolphin for creating and thinking critically.

The EYFS curriculum

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Curriculum in detail

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