Harefield Primary School EYFS Curriculum intent
The objectives of our Early Years curriculum are to engage children and parents, to create happy, independent learners who thrive in their new environment, using opportunities to follow their own interests in an enabling environment. This will ensure that children will make good progress from their own starting points.
We want pupils to develop skills and interests through child centred WOW experiences and topics that engage the children. We encourage active learning to ensure the children are motivated and interested. We understand that this is not possible without parental engagement, which we start as early as possible through preschool visits, home visits and early introduction of Tapestry. Parents are encouraged to make contributions to their child’s learning journey through Tapestry and paper WOW moments.
Our Early Years curriculum is clearly structured to allow a broad, balanced and progressive learning environment and curriculum. The children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate new understanding through the seven areas of the Early Years curriculum. Planning for this curriculum is designed to be flexible so that a child’s unique needs and interests are supported. Every child has access to and an understanding of their Next Steps that are clearly identified through ongoing teacher assessment. There are a range of stimulating and engaging activities that children can engage with, independently.
We have developed our key drivers for Early Years: -
- Enabling environment – To ensure children have ample opportunities to develop their independence, explore the world around them and develop their interests.
- Rich vocabularies – To support the children in developing their language skills and develop a rich language with deep technical vocabulary.
- Quality teaching – To ensure that all children have access to quality first teaching and learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum.
We have followed the expectations set out in the Early Years Curriculum but have placed a particular focus on the Prime Areas and early exposure to books. We ensure activities support the Characteristics of Effective Learning to enable our early year’s pupils to develop their learning behaviours and prepare them for the rest of their educational journey at Harefield and beyond.
The values that have guided our decisions about our curriculum are our PRIDE values: - Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Determined, Every day. Pupil engagement and enjoyment in learning is at the core of everything we do. With this, we are determined to ensure that all children achieve the best possible progress across all areas of the Curriculum. Our children take PRIDE in their learning, behaviour and our school community. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking, both indoors and outdoors.
Our school is set in the context of a tight-knit community with little movement in and out of the estate. We have a high percentage of pupil premium children and a history of children entering reception year with low oral starting points. Our vision is to provide the best all-round education for our children. We will work collaboratively to ignite a passion for learning which will enable every child to be the very best they can be. Our Core Purpose is to Educate, Prepare and Motivate each student to Aspire, to Learn and to Achieve.
Every child at Harefield Primary School is recognised as a unique individual and as such, we endeavour to celebrate our differences within school and with the local community.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as geographically, the estate is very close nit and we like to provide the children with as many opportunities as possible to know where they fit into the world and the community within and outside of Harefield. Children are introduced to important people and community events throughout the school year.
We strive to ensure that children leave Early Years with a Good Level of Development, as confident, enthusiastic and adaptable learners, ready to start their journey in Key Stage One.