Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Wallscourt Farm Academy we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development, however we also believe early childhood is valid in itself, as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education. The EYFS applies to children from birth to the end of the reception year. At Wallscourt Farm Academy, the EYFS applies to children joining us at the beginning of the school year in which they are five.
Our curriculum is carefully structured to provide opportunities for children to learn through planned, purposeful play in all areas of learning and development in the indoor and outdoor environment. Some learning is led by adults and some by the children themselves. Appropriate intervention by practitioners supports children to engage in the learning process and extend their learning.
Our curriculum enables children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these areas of learning. Our Tree of Learning for Life at Wallscourt Farm is formed from a basis of the EYFS areas of learning, and then these areas of learning are extended and development across the different disciplines, into KS1 and KS2. The principles of learning in EYFS inform the whole school vision for learning at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
The Prime Areas
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, social and Emotional Development
The Specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
Achievement of these prime and specific areas of learning is by:
· Playing and exploring
· Active learning
· Creating and thinking critically
The Learning Environment – The Environment as the third teacher
We recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development and that the use of resources and the environment needs to be carefully planned. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experience. We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence. Children have the freedom to move between the indoor and outdoor learning environment throughout the school day.