At Meridian Primary School we deliver a curriculum based on the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We cover seven areas of learning and development which are implemented through planned, purposeful play, both outdoors and in. This learning is developed through rich, challenging learning experiences, which offer opportunities for the children to explore and take risks, learn through first-hand experience and to gain greater independence, supporting their natural curiosity, and motivation to learn.
As the children cover the areas of learning, we respond to their individual emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive, skilful interactions, which we develop daily.
The seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum are:
Underpinning and running through all seven areas of learning are the characteristics of effective learning. These represent fundamental processes rather than outcomes. They play a central role in the children's learning and in becoming an effective learner.
The characteristics of effective learning are:
Playing and exploring - engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
Active learning - motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically - thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
The EYFS framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, gain the knowledge and skills which they need, and are kept safe and healthy. You can download and read the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework here. [EYFS Framework]
The Foundation Years website contains a great deal of useful information for families with children up to the age of 5. Click here to visit the website. [Foundation Years Website]
The booklet 'What to expect, when?' has been developed to help parents and carers to find out more about how their children are learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. You can find the booklet below.