Early Years Foundation Stage

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Our Nursery (FS1) and two Reception classes (FS2) make up our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

ClassNameTeacher(s)Support Staff
NurseryBonobosMr PenarrojaMrs Monk, Mrs Bullock,Mrs Brookman
ReceptionSharksMr CookMrs Marshall, Mrs Forsyth
ReceptionTurtlesMrs Saunders, Miss Jean-PaulMrs King, Mrs Weston

The Early Years curriculum is designed to help our youngest children in our school achieve an expected level of progress in the 17 Early Learning Goals by the end of the Foundation stage. This is supplemented by the new Systemic Phonics programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. The curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning and to ensure we are developing children holistically into well rounded individuals each area is given equal precedence over the year. The seven Areas of Learning are:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Physical Development
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding of the World
  7. Expressive Arts and Design

Within this framework, our curriculum is predominately child-led and play-based, with the careful planning of guided and adult-led activities where appropriate. Indoor and outdoor play is encouraged throughout the day, in all weathers, with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills throughout each strand of learning. The children have a wide range of resources to self-select from and a Forest School site, which they access every week to develop their awareness of nature, the environment and skills such as collaboration and enquiry.

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At Wyborne EYFS we recognise that children learn best through first-hand experiences. We use children’s interests as a starting point when planning the next steps in their learning and offer a curriculum where all children discover that learning is fun. Each learning area is set up so that the children feel at ease with choosing their own resources, and developing their own activities with peers, and this enables them to become motivated in their own learning. We use a system of child-led learning called ‘Planning in the Moment’ which is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. Based on what the children are already deeply involved in, our experienced practitioners use quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment).

Please click here to get further information relating to the EYFS curriculum, Phonics, and our Weduc communication system. If you have any questions or queries, please contact me mpenarroja@wyborne.greenwich.sch.uk.

Marcel Penarroja


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