Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

In WHGS Early Years Foundation Stage, our intent is for children to be independent learners who are happy to come to school.

We create opportunities for our children to be explorers, active learners, critical thinkers and risk takers.

We understand that play is a fundamental part of this development and developing children’s language and communication skills is central to our practice, as is the need to build strong social and emotional skills.

We plan activities around the children’s interests and enhance our classroom provision with resources that will ignite and support their enquiring minds.

Children are expected to tidy up after themselves; this promotes care and respect for their environment and gives them a sense of responsibility.

We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning and welcome observations and information about your child from home.

The Educational Programmes set out in the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage statutory guidance has informed our Curriculum which will be implemented with activities and experiences tailored to the needs of our children at William Hulme’s Grammar School.

The curriculum consists of three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

These are essential in nurturing a child’s natural development and four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

which provide opportunities for the children to broaden their knowledge and skills. The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development and all areas are important and interconnected.

EYFS Long Term Plan

Our practice is shaped by four overarching principles set out in the Framework:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments with teaching and support from adults
  • Learning and development

We also understand that children learn in different ways and we are guided by the three Characteristics of Effective Learning documented in the Framework.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

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

In order to develop independence, confidence and resilience in our children, a rich and challenging learning environment is provided to inspire all learners to reach their potential.

We do this through:

  • Models of excellence
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Levelled continuous provision
  • Responding to children’s interest
  • Having a growth mindset culture
  • Using a Talk for Writing approach
  • Observations and assessments
  • Interventions
  • Local trips and visits
  • Involving parents 


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