Our early years curriculum follows the standards outlined in the latest version of the EYFS statutory framework that applies from September 2021. The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
For each area of learning, there are a set of early learning goals which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the reception year.
At Holy Trinity, the standards in the EYFS framework have supported us to design our own bespoke Reception curriculum. Our curriculum is based on developing key knowledge and skills. We consider the experiences that our pupils have had prior to joining us and we also take account of the locality and heritage of our school. We then base new learning on building upon what our pupils already know and can do. Their knowledge and skills are developed each half term to ensure that they develop a solid foundation for learning.
Our Early Years curriculum is the foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding our children need to be successful as they move forward into Key Stage 1. It is based upon the progression within the non-statutory Birth to 5 Matters guidance and outworked through emerging themes and children's interests arising from key chosen texts. This places developing a love of reading at the centre of our early years curriculum.
Our Curriculum Goals
In Reception we have created 8 curriculum goals linked to the areas of learning which we aim for all our children to achieve by the end of the year. The goals are ambitious and provide an overview of many of the different things we would like the children to know and be able to do by the end of the year.
- To become a MAGICAL MATHEMATICIAN who has a deep understanding of number and applies this to solve problems.
- To become a FANTASTIC FRIEND who is a confident learner and cares for others.
- To become a HEALTHY HERO who has the essential skills to be ready for the next step in their journey.
- To become an AMAZING ARTIST who expresses and shares creativity in different ways.
- To become an EAGER EXPLORER who can talk confidently about their experiences of the world around them.
- To become a CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR who listens carefully and can hold a conversation with another person.
- To become a ROARING READER who can confidently read and discuss a familiar text.
- To become a RICH WRITER who can independently write sentences to communicate their ideas.
Please view our Progression Documents to see the breakdown of skills and knowledge needed in order to achieve these curriculum goals.
In order for children to achieve our curriculum goals and also the expectations in the EYFS Framework, we aim to engage pupils in a number of exciting and interesting topics over the year. All topics have been carefully planned to consider the heritage, culture and locality of our school community and pupils.
Each topic title is a question which we aim for our children to answer by the end of the half term:
- Autumn 1 – What makes us all special?
- Autumn 2 – How do we celebrate special occasions?
- Spring 1 – How can we travel around our city?
- Spring 2 – How are all animals different?
- Summer 1 – Where does our food come from?
- Summer 2 – How do plants grow?