At St Andrew’s, the EYFS curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our curriculum is designed to provide children with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that will be useful throughout their life and to become more independent in their learning.
We place strong emphasis on the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils. We intend for the children to become closer to God through specific teaching and also to develop their use of Christian values in their everyday life. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome the differences within our school community.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage inquisitive minds and believe that in Early Years children should be a happy, inquisitive and have a desire to explore and always find out more.
Our curriculum is designed to develop the characteristics of effective learning:
● Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
● Active learning – children keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.
● Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.