At The Oaks, we are passionate about the foundations for learning that EYFS provides. We teach all areas of the curriculum in an interconnected way through stories and texts, to ensure children leave EYFS with a good knowledge of stories, developed vocabularies and a love of reading. Each term we learn about different topics, where we explore concepts, questions and learning in a deep and meaningful way. Through careful planning, we revisit stories and concepts to ensure children are able to master knowledge, commit it to their long term memories and develop understanding outside their immediate early experiences.
The development of vocabulary, oracy skills and social skills are high priorities for us and the children we support. We give children regular opportunities to express themselves through their learning so they know their voice is important and that they all have the confidence to be heard. We share this voice with their parents as partners in their learning via Tapestry, through performances to parents, each other and other children in the school. We model and facilitate resilience, help and support of others, constantly as staff, to ensure these skills are mastered by the end of EYFS. We believe carefully planned and interconnected learning opportunities allow children at The Oaks to thrive, learning in situations personalised to their interests and based on their next steps in learning. These are constantly evaluated by staff whose own subject knowledge of the EYFS as well as childhood development is a priority. We expect children to leave EYFS with confidence in all areas of the curriculum; however, where children find it difficult to achieve this, support, scaffolding and careful attention to their individualised next steps are provided and swift action is taken to support the children.
The EYFS curriculum at The Oaks is meticulously planned to ensure children have opportunities to explore carefully selected learning resources in a learning-rich environment which deepens their knowledge in a range of contexts. We understand our responsibility in providing the foundations of their next learning as part of the National Curriculum and ensure they are well prepared to meet the requirements of their next stage of school, as happy, lively, capable, self-assured and well-rounded learners.