Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Overview
Dwight School London -
Early Years Foundation Stage
Since September 2008, our early childhood education has been referenced to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is now a statutory requirement for schools in England. Our youngest children follow the EYFS programme until the end of Reception (4 – 5 years). An assessment is completed by the end of the Reception year called the Foundation Profile. The results are passed on to parents, and we have a legal duty to pass it on to the local authority.
Our children also start the Primary Years Programme (PYP) alongside the EYFS from the age of 3 years.
Dwight School London's Early Years Foundation Stage students explore, investigate and play through freely-chosen activities by the child and also adult-initiated activities. The classroom environment is set up so that students can move freely around clearly defined areas. This includes both in and out of doors for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, science and mathematics. There is a balance between activities that the teacher chooses for the student, and opportunities for student-initiated learning in a structured environment.
Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support. It is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
At the heart of the Primary Years Programme’s philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children complete four ‘Units of Inquiry’.
In the ‘Unit Of Inquiry ‘ called ‘People who help us’ the children discover and learn about the different ways people help us, how we help each other, and the roles people have in helping us at home, school and in the community.
The overall focus is to encourage students to:
• Make choices and decisions
• Use materials in flexible and imaginative ways
• Initiate inquiry and ask questions
• Work collaboratively with others
• Sustain their interests and extend their knowledge
• Develop understanding
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and share guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Kindergarten (ages 2-4)
Reception (ages 4-5)