Areas of Learning in EYFS

Learning Together       Achieving Together

At Waverton our EYFS classroom is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. The classroom is organised into learning areas, where children are able to find and locate equipment and resources independently. We consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child, and use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences in all of the areas of learning and development. We reflect on the different ways children learn to ensure high quality teaching:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;  
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

At Waverton planning within the EYFS starts with information shared from pre-schools, the data gained on entry and from observations of children in the learning environment. We observe individual interests, learning styles, current development and levels, before planning a relevant, creative, flexible and progressive curriculum. Skills and knowledge from Development Matters are used as a guide and Early Learning Goals from the EYFS framework are covered across topics. Children are asked what they already know and what they would like to learn in the coming weeks. This forms the basis of our Medium Term Topic Plans. Different topics are taught which ensure coverage of the framework but also takes into account children’s interests and motivations. Each topic is taught through a variety of texts, ensuring that reading and vocabulary are a focus, promoting a love of books and developing language. Weekly plans are flexible depending on children’s previous learning and interests. At Waverton phonics is taught daily and staff follow our school policy using Ready, Steady Phonics, the Power Maths scheme is used for Number work supported with resources from  Numberblocks, Literacy skills are taught in a variety of ways, ensuring reading is at the heart of everything we do, eg talk for writing, pathways to write, helicopter stories. Children read individually and when appropriate, in guided reading groups, books are linked to phonic phases. Children are read to at least once a day. Physical Development is taught using our PE passport, Personal Social and Emotional Development is taught through our topics and statutory skills and knowledge are taught through RE.

Please find attached an overview of what each subject area looks like in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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