EYFS Statement of Intent
At St Peter's we place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges in Key Stage One and beyond. Our aim in the EYFS is to work with parents and carers to build strong foundations rooted in academic success as well as faith, moral and spiritual development, so that ultimately our pupils can be successful as active citizens of society and happy, curious life-long learners.
Our curriculum is therefore the cultural capital we know our pupils need so that they can gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require for success. They can only do that if we embed the right habits for learning and life so that we are fulfilling our mission of 'Unlocking potential with the keys of love, respect and friendship'.
A number of our pupils arrive below national expectations for their age and a proportion have more complex needs. We have to help our children develop the skills of listening, speaking clearly to a range of audiences and meet the high expectations for behaviour by working together and being kind. As such, we prioritise personal, social and emotional development and communication and language in the EYFS curriculum. Our enabling environment and warm, skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration. We invest time and energy into helping pupils set and reflect on their own goals by aiming high and developing a love of reading, writing and number. This is delivered through a holistic curriculum which maximises opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links and learning experiences as well as promoting the unique child by offering extended periods of play and sustained thinking following children’s interests and ideas. We value imagination and creativity and seek to create a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning through a vibrant continuous indoor and outdoor provision, alongside trips, visits and regular forest school sessions.
Number and Numerical Patterns
At St Peters, we believe that developing a strong grounding in number from Reception is essential in order to excel mathematically. By the end of Reception, we believe children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of numbers to 10 and the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. The whole school overview includes how the planning over the year adheres to the EYFS Curriculum. Please see pictures below of our children using our Numberland scheme.