EYFS - EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
The school follows the early years foundation curriculum with its focus on learning through play and direct teaching of key skills. The curriculum focuses on games and activities, investigations and directed tasks across seven curriculum areas.
Learning takes place both inside and outside, so children need to wear suitable clothing for the weather. We are also lucky enough to be able to offer swimming lessons in the world famous London Aquatic Centre.
We follow the four ‘key principles’ below:
A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong & independent from a base of loving & secure relationships.
Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development & learning.
Learning & Development– Children develop & learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning & development are equally important & inter-connected.
‘Key Worker’ System
Every child in a class is allocated a ‘Key worker’, who will develop a special relationship with that child and will monitor their learning & development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into three prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning.
Prime areas include:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
We help to build children’s self-esteem, confidence and love of learning. Children learn to share equipment, cooperate with each other and develop friendships with their peers.
Communication & Language
Children will be encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills. We aim to ensure that children learn and reach a good standard of the English language whilst endeavouring to support home languages in play and learning.
We plan activities which will enable children to develop their motor control and coordination. Fine control– through drawing, writing, moulding, cutting, mixing, hammering, weaving & threading. Large control– through climbing, rolling, hopping, skipping, building, throwing, catching, aiming, running, dancing & balancing. We also talk about what it means to be healthy.
The specific areas are:
Children will learn through our phonics strategy to link sounds to letters and will begin to read and write. A wide range of books will be used to foster a love of reading and children will take home books to share with an adult. In addition, children will engage in activities such as listening to stories and rhymes, discussions and role play.
Children will learn about counting, matching, sorting, ordering and comparing. They will develop a good understanding of the number system to 20 (and beyond!) and will know how to add and subtract. They will explore shape and pattern, and will find out about ways of measuring time, length, volume and capacity. Children will be given problems to solve and be encouraged to explain solutions found.
Understanding the World
Children are given opportunities to learn about other people and the world around them. This area includes a wide range of subjects – geography (local area), history (personal and general), science & design technology and ICT. We have topics each half-term and plan various activities, which enable the children to make discoveries and form conclusions, through questioning and investigating. Children learn to use the computer, camera and microphones. The children are regularly given opportunities to cook and eat a range of dishes, with a global perspective.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children develop their creative skills through art, music, dance and drama. At Bobby Moore Academy children will be taught to sing a variety of songs and rhymes from around the world, play different instruments and hear a range of music styles, learning about pitch and rhythm. Children will be able to create their own artwork using a wide range of methods such as painting, collage, printing and modelling. Lots of opportunities will be given for children to express themselves through drama and different role-play scenarios.
At BMA we value the importance of the performing arts. Pupils will receive lessons by specialist teachers in drama, P.E and music on a weekly basis and will develop skills that not only encourage and support academic growth but also develop important social skills and experiences at the same time.
At BMA we use Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc Phonics programme. It is used with Reception and KS1 children who are learning to read and write, and for lower KS2 students who need to catch up.
It is a complete literacy programme taught for 45 to an hour each day in Reception and an hour a day in Year 1 and above. It has proven to develop:
- fluent, enthusiastic readers
- a deeper comprehension of texts
- confident speakers
- keen writers.
Throughout the programme, children are taught to:
- learn to read and write letter-sound correspondences quickly
- decode effortlessly, spell and handwrite easily
- comprehend what they read
- read with fluency and expression
- write confidently using oral rehearsal
- work effectively with a partner to articulate their learning at every step.