Early Years Foundation Stage- Intent
At Castle Hill Primary School we believe that children in the EYFS need to experience a wide variety of first hand, practical learning opportunities to enable them to develop to their full potential. We aim to provide a secure, enjoyable and caring educational environment where each child feels valued. We work hard to create continuity between Nursery and our Reception class so that children can build on skills already developed and follow routines that flow with their needs and with which they feel safe and confident throughout their Early Years, in preparation for their future years in school.
There is a significant emphasis on developing children's ability to express themselves, communicate clearly and develop strong relationships. Coupled with focussed phonics teaching this allows children at the end of Reception to be ready to face the increased challenges of Year 1.
Our curriculum is planned following the guidance from the Department for Education "Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage", taking into account the children's needs and interests. Opportunities are provided for all children to meet the expectations laid out in the document "Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage". This non-statutory guidance material supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements for EYFS.