Early Years Foundation Stage (Elm Class)

At Sidbury we follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. Practitioners also use non-statutory curriculum guidance (Development Matters) to help to design an effective early years curriculum which builds on the strengths and meets the needs of all the children we work with.  

In order for children to 'know more' and 'remember more' in each area of the curriculum areas studied, teachers ensure that this prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision of knowledge is built into lessons. This allows for revision and retrieval to become part of good practice and ultimately helps build a depth to children’s understanding. Through revisiting and consolidating different types of knowledge, teachers help children build on prior knowledge, make links in children's learning and commit this knowledge to children's long-term memories.   

 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework Development Matters

The following document outlines the most relevant statements taken from the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and from the Development Matters age ranges that link to the different subject areas in Key Stage 1. 

EYFS to Key Stage 1 Curriculum Links

Throughout the first year at Sidbury we have mapped key themes that will be the driver of the delivery of the statutory framework.  This Long Term Plan can be viewed below.

EYFS Long Term Plan

As a school we use Tapestry to support practitioners to assess and review children's learning, resulting in provision challenging and supporting children's development.

Successful early reading is crucial to children accessing the curriculum as they journey through our school, please view the English curriculum section for more information on how we approach the teaching of reading.