Sidegate Primary School

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EYFS Curriculum

Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Development Matters which is underpinned by The Characteristics of Effective Learning. 


We ensure that children have access to challenging, creative opportunities. We recognise that all children develop and learn at different rates so our EYFS curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of all individuals. We support individual learning through a mix of direct teaching, timely adult interactions, and observations which lead to detailed next step planning. Our Early Years environment is designed to ensure that we provide meaningful opportunities for developing the characteristics of effective learning (see below). As children utilise and develop these characteristics they become effective and motivated learners who demonstrate high levels of well-being and involvement.


The 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; and

  • Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

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