Curriculum Overview, Long Term & Medium Term Plans
The Early Years Curriculum at Beaufront First School
Our EYFS Curriculum is constantly evolving to suit the needs and interests of our children. However, we are rigorous in our planning and for 2021 onwards we have carefully reimagined our Long Term and Medium Term planning to ensure that we are supporting and challenging all of our children through meaningful and engaging activities. Our new topic-based planning makes learning in each Area of Development and subject overt and thorough whilst bringing all learning together in order to develop the whole child and enable them to make progress and to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their own age and stage, ultimately enabling children to meet the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. We have therefore designed our curriculum to carefully ensure that the needs, interests and abilities of each and every child is accounted for. We also plan carefully to ensure that the knowledge and skills set out in the Early Years Framework are always in mind so as to make sure that every child makes the maximum amount of progress and is ready for their next steps.
We plan weekly (and even daily) based on the developing interests of the children. However, we also take a great deal of time and care to plan exciting thematic, cross curricular learning opportunities to ensure that each child has the opportunity to develop the range of skills and knowledge required for them to achieve well in the Early Years and beyond. Within each planned topic there is always room to include the children's ideas whilst maintaining a strong focus on providing interesting, purposeful and meaningful learning opportunities throughout each area of learning and development.
The Long Term Plan below is a three-year cycle to ensure that the children do not revisit the exact same focus texts and themes on their journey through Nursery and Reception. However, it is not rigid and we aim to be reactive in our planning and teaching, covering a range of themes depending on opportunities, events and interests that we encounter.
The Medium Term (half-term) grids give further information about what each theme entails. These can obviously change but provide some direction to our learning and play in the EYFS. We also plan Literacy and Mathematics in-depth each half term and our weekly planning is always available to view on our classroom planning wall.