Early Years Foundation Stage
Intent, Implementation & Impact
At Sandcross we believe in providing children with an outstanding education based on the Early Years Framework with exciting and engaging experiences built upon their individual needs. We do this within a safe and stimulating environment that gives them the opportunity to become ‘lifelong learners’. We inspire all the children to flourish and become confident, independent and resilient individuals by careful and stimulating planning through our curriculum, school drivers and values that flow through all that we do.
We are committed to providing children with half termly enrichment activities to build on their learning. This ensures that all children are provided with the cultural capital needed in order for them to grow a deeper understanding of the world around them.
“Children in the Early Years at Sandcross are happy, independent and successful learners.”
All of our staff are knowledgeable of children and how they learn. Our ethos is to ensure that staff are engaged, nurturing, flexible, fun and good role models.
Our accessible environment allows the children to free flow inside and outside in order to make links between and access all seven areas of learning independently. Our well planned provision enables the children to develop key skills, whilst taking risks, in order to ensure the children can be successfully challenged and engaged.
Standards and Progress
We create a high quality, personalised and bespoke curriculum which provides inclusion for every child. We endeavour to ensure that all children can make rapid progress from their starting points to the end of the year.
Our Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage is based upon seven areas of learning, divided into three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.
Prime Areas of Learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is enabling children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others.
We aim to develop:
Physical Development is helping children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, self-care and a positive sense of well-being.
We aim to:
Communication and Language is developing understanding, listening and language.
We aim to:
Mathematics is building on early numeracy skills and developing mathematical understanding in number, calculating and shape, space and measure.
We aim to:
Literacy is promoting phonic skills and early reading, comprehension and writing.
We aim to do this by providing opportunities for:
Understanding the World is helping children to make sense of the world around them.
We aim to:
Expressive Arts and Design is enabling children to make connections between art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.
We aim to provide:
Children make rapid progress from their starting points within a child centred context. They thrive in their social, emotional and physical development, along with developing an excitement and love for learning. Children are challenged and are confident with taking risks independently. They have a smooth transition into their following year and will talk positively about their Early Years experiences in years to come.