At St Mary’s we have a broad and well-balanced curriculum. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is a nought to five early years curriculum and so continues when your child transfers to the Reception Year at Primary School. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in all early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the PRIME areas, are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
Children are also supported through four SPECIFIC learning areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Staff plan the curriculum to meet the needs of individuals at the school using the guidance for the EYFS and the knowledge of what children have already achieved to make progress.