Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Orchard Meadow

Our Intent

At Orchard Meadow we want to ensure we focus on the development of children as individuals as well as ensuring we are providing them with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for school. Our aim in EYFS is to build strong foundations personally, morally, and academically so that the children of Orchard Meadow go on to be curious life-long learners.

Our curriculum provides children with the cultural capital they need to achieve their full potential.

Learning is planned around topics that support the prime areas:

  1. Personal, social and emotional development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical Development

As well as the specific areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

We want our children to be able to communicate effectively, regulate their emotions and be successful academically. This is carried out through focused carpet sessions, adult focus activities and independent choosing activities.

What do children learn?

In Early Years, children follow the Orchard Meadow Curriculum and the the Development Matters (2020) framework. This has been designed to foster subject-specific skills, which can be tracked progressively forward from Early Years to KS1 and KS2. Our curriculum is focused on embedding core skills as a way of enabling children to engage with the world around them in a curious, rich way. 

We follow the Power Maths Curriculum and Read Write Inc. phonics programme. These schemes are robust and research-driven to maximise pupil attainment and integrate into our wider curriculum and ethos. The emphasis on a secure foundation in core academic skills ensures that children make rapid progress from entry and leave the phase well-equipped for the challenges of KS1 and beyond. 

Please click here for more information about what pupils in Nursery and Reception will be studying this term.

Class Families

In line with the rest of the school pupils also take part in daily Brain Smart Start Activities, which promote well-being and a class family ethos. 

Nursery Donaldson and Reception Rosen also look to their class family namesakes for inspiration. 

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