The Early Years Foundation Stage at Pinewood
At Pinewood, we want our children to get off to the best possible start to their school life in our EYFS. We aim to ‘Make Learning Irresistible’. This runs through everything we do, from lessons, our learning environment both indoors and outdoors to visits and visitors. Our Foundation classes are an amazing place to be and the staff and children are all very proud to be part of the Pinewood Pride!
Our aims are:
To give all children the best possible start in life to enable them to fulfil their potential.
To value children as individuals and for them to feel loved and cared for.
To embed the Pinewood Values.
For our practise to be shaped by the 4 principles: The Unique Child, Positive Relationships, enabling environments and learning and development.
To provide children with a happy, caring, stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors.
To provide a curriculum driven by giving children opportunities, ensuring engagement, and developing a sense of responsibility.
To use our curriculum as a progression model.
To ensure we have a focus on improving speech and language, including broadening children’s vocabulary.
To make sure our children experience high quality texts that are revisited.
To provide high quality opportunities for children to be inquisitive, curious, creative, critical thinkers and to give them the chance to consolidate, rehearse and develop their skills and knowledge.
To teach phonics systematically.
To be committed to the arts including drama.
To nurture the characteristics of effective learning
Our curriculum is driven by giving children opportunities, ensuring engagement, and developing a sense of responsibility. We have given great consideration to the knowledge that we want the children to learn during the EYFS which all feed into our curriculum. We are committed to the whole child and to the characteristics of effective learning, we want to make sure that our children have the learning behaviours they need to succeed not only in school, but in life. We chose our curriculum by thinking about the children in our school and their needs. We used the Development Matters (2021) and Birth to 5 Matters (2021) non-statutory guidance and our knowledge about the children to devise our curriculum as an EYFS team. We also met with all subject co-ordinators in school to go through each area of learning to ensure there is clear knowledge progression overviews through year groups for each area of learning.