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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the age range from birth to 5 years. At Bricknell, we have a Nursery for children age 3 to 4 and three Reception classes for children age 4 to 5.  We ensure that the children’s journey through Nursery and Reception prepares them well for Year 1 so they can confidently handle the transition and successfully continue their learning journey.

In EYFS, our broad and balanced curriculum has 6 main elements. Click on each box to find our more.

1. High quality, experiential skills-based teaching and care.

2. Depth and pace building learning over time.

3. Equal chance of success for all.

4. Accurate and effective assessment.

5. Child initiated/Adult balance.

6. Ambitious, innovative and exciting.

Our curriculum is designed with the strengths and needs of each cohort of children at the forefront of our minds. We use Development Matters as a basis to help us plan the journey towards the The Early Learning Goals, supplementing and enriching it with carefully planned activities, resources, opportunities and teaching.

In addition, each term we have 8 curricular goals. These goals enable our children to get off to a flying start. They are based on the Early Learning Goals, our school needs and the planned for experiences we already have in place. They have been developed with the understanding that there is SO much more that happens in the Nursery and Reception year, but we also wanted to acknowledge what makes children at Bricknell unique and how our EYFS children fit into the bigger school picture in an ambitious and clear way. Our curriculum recognises that depth in early learning is much more important than covering lots of things in a superficial way.

Click here to find out more about our Nursery, the staff and our curriculum.

Click here to find out more about our Reception classes, the staff and our curriculum.

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