The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum (2014) is taught in all state schools. It sets out the programme of study and attainment targets in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). In our distinctively Christian school we, also hold, in high status the teaching and learning of RE. The opportunities this provides to learn about the Christian Faith and beliefs, as well as those of other religions and cultures, add a special dimension to our learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
There are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design