At Drayton Community Infant School we deliver a curriculum based on the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This describes the seven areas of learning and development which “must be implemented through planned, purposeful play”.
The framework also states that “Practitioners must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.” We have a fantastic team of adults who put this into practice every day.
In addition the framework describes “Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning … playing and exploring … active learning and creating and thinking critically.” These describe exactly the approach we take to learning in our foundation stage at Drayton Community Infant School.
At Drayton Community Infant School we follow these principles to plan starting points for our children based on their interests and fascinations. This means that some ‘topics’ are brief and some last whole half terms and longer. We provide Awe and Wonder moments daily through the enhancements we provide in our provision or through larger starting point.
This year alone we have used the following events, stories and objects as starting points for our learning following the children’s interests;
- All about us (getting to know you – to allow for baseline)
- Under the sea creatures
- The Olympics
- The Queen’s 90th birthday
- Traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs and Jack and The Beanstalk
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
We use Objective Led planning to provide a rich range of activities that cover all of the seven areas of learning and development and provide opportunities for child led learning. We use our observations to inform our planning and plan for the children’s next steps in their learning. We seek to provide a challenging curriculum through a balance of Adult Led and Child Led sessions, which is considered best practice for EYFS. Snack time is also usually planned as a rolling snack to help provide children with long periods of time to develop their characteristics of effective learning.
Here is an example of our weekly plan for the Autumn Term. This changes termly to provide support for transition to Year One.
COOL time is used as observation time and time to interact with the children. There are no times on the timetable as we observe the children and do not stop until there is a natural break in their learning.
Please see our EYFS policy for more information about our planning and curriculum.