Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well. In school, this refers to both the Nursery and our three Reception Classes. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The revised framework for the EYFS has been implemented from 1 September 2012.
The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools. We teach this framework through topics that excite the children and we give them as many first-hand learning experiences as we can to help develop and widen the children's language.
Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2)
The Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) in all maintained schools has been reformed by the current government. We aim to teach as much curriculum content as possible through our topic themes, however, some subjects are taught discretely where this is not possible. Our curriculum and topics are enhanced each term as much as possible through visits, Creative Practitioners and visitors.
Subjects covered within the curriculum are:
English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music; Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education.
Detailed information on how we deliver each subject can be found on the subject pages of our website.
The National Curriculum can be found here:
Within each subject there are a range of skills and knowledge to be taught, as well as teaching the application of basic skills in English and Maths through other subjects, i.e. reading in all subjects, measuring and recording methods in Science etc. At the beginning of each new topic we gather the children’s ideas through mind mapping and plan our teaching according to their interests and gaps in knowledge and understanding.
For additional information please see Year Group newsletters or contact the school.
At The Whitefield Infant School and Nursery we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which we supplement with resources from other schemes, such as the use of Jolly Phonics actions. Children are grouped in their class according to the area of Letters and Sounds which they are learning. These groups are fluid and flexible according to children’s progress and need. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners.
At Whitefield Infant School, we aim to develop a love of reading and children that read for enjoyment. During the week, all children will take part in guided reading, independent reading and follow-up reading activities, involving comprehension and understanding of the text. All teachers read to their classes on a daily basis and have an inviting and relaxing reading corners with a selection of genres and text types for the children to choose from. Throughout school, we have purchased a wide range of new school and home reading books to help enthuse the children to read. We give the children access to books from a range of different reading schemes to ensure depth and to appeal to the children's varied interests.
For more information on any of our reading or phonics provision, please do not hesitate to contact the school.