Early Years
Foundation Stage Overview

In our school, The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from two to five years of age. The final year of the EYFS is referred to as the reception year.

At Verita International School we are committed to underpinning our mission with the four main themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage in our reception classes: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments, Academic Learning and Socio-Emotional Development. In the EC2, EC3 and Reception years, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum of England.

The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning:  playing and exploring, active learning as well as creating and thinking critically.

Introduction Letter

Lorena Miller, EYFS Coordinator

Welcome to our Early Years setting at Verita International School,

I am delighted and extremely proud to be the EYFS Coordinator at such a fun and vibrant school where pupils, parents, teachers and the school community work hard to build partnerships and have high expectations of one another…

Aims of the
Foundation Stage

In the EYFS setting at Verita International School we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually and emotionally, in order to enable them to develop their full potential.

We aim to support each child’s welfare, learning and developmental needs by:

  • Recognising that all children are unique and special. Understanding that children develop in individual ways and varying rates- physically, cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally.
  • Providing a safe, secure and caring environment where children feel happy and know that they are valued by the practitioners looking after them.
  • Fostering and nurturing children’s self-confidence and self-esteem through their developing awareness of their own identity and role within the community.
  • Teaching children to express and communicate their needs and feelings in appropriate ways.
  • Encouraging children’s independence and decision-making, supporting them to learn from their mistakes.
  • Developing children’s understanding of social skills and the values and codes of behaviour required for people to work together harmoniously.
  • Supporting children to develop care, respect and appreciation of others, including those beliefs, cultures and opinions different to their own.
  • Understanding the importance of play in children’s learning and development. Providing learning experiences in play that reflect children’s personal interests and areas of curiosity in order to encourage and develop their natural desire, interest, excitement and motivation to learn.
  • Providing experiences which build on children’s existing knowledge and understanding in order to challenge, stimulate and extend their learning and development.
  • Providing effective learning opportunities in a range of environments, inside and outside.

EYFS Areas Of
Learning and Development

There are seven main areas that teachers and school practitioners focus on to promote children’s development throughout the preschool Years until they reach the Early Years Outcomes.

  • PRIME AREAS:
    • Communication and Language: listening and attention, understanding and speaking.
    • Physical Development: moving and handling, health and self-care.
    • Personal. Social and Emotional Development: self-confidence, self-awareness, managing feelings, behaviour, relationships.
  • SPECIFIC AREAS:
    • Phonics, Reading, Writing and Literacy. Pre-reading skills like phonics and phonemic awareness are taught through the Department of Education and Skills primary national strategy called ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Students learn how language works and lay the foundation for their future literacy skills.
    • Mathematics: Numbers, shapes, space and measures. In EC2 and EC3 programmes, Maths is integrated into play. However, our reception classes follow the White Rose programme, an effective scheme of work which allows pupils to make progress through use of concrete objects, varied fluency and hands on experiences. Please click the link below to find out more about White Rose: https://whiterosemaths.com/
    • Understanding of the World: people and communities, the world and technology.
    • Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring the use of media and materials, being imaginative.

All these areas are interconnected, reflecting the child centred learning and the integrated teaching approach that our school promotes.

IEYC: International
Early Years Curriculum

The IEYC is an innovative research-based program, recognising global best-practice and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches encompassing all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is taught in EC2-Reception. All students participate in the child centred thematic units on a variety of topics.

The curriculum contains themed Units of Learning. These are sequenced through the IEYC Process of Learning. This captures children’s natural curiosity as a starting point and, within an enabling environment, balances child-initiated and teacher-scaffolded provision.

Each child will have their own unique learning journey through the IEYC. How children learn and develop will depend on the IEYC Units of Learning that are implemented, and learning that is driven through the children’s own interests

For more information about the IEYC, please visit their website here: https://fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums/early-years

Here is our programme of enquiry that outlines all of our IEYC units in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  UNIT  1 UNIT  2 UNIT  3 UNIT  4 UNIT  5 Unit 6
Reception

Theme: Me and My World

Unit: This is Me 

Theme: Stories and Storytelling

Unit: Once Upon A Time

Theme: Dinosaurs

Unit: Dinosaur detectives

Theme: Supporting Natural Enquiry

Unit: Loose Parts

Theme: Mini Beasts

Unit: The Brilliant Bug Ball

Theme: Super Heroes

Unit: To the Rescue!

EC3

Theme: Me and My World

Unit: This is Me 

Theme: Stories and Storytelling

Unit: Once Upon A Time

Theme: Weather Wonders

Unit: The Weather

Theme: Supporting independence and healthy living

Unit: Mindful Play

Theme: Famous Artists

Unit: Imagine That

Theme: Beach and Sea Life

Unit: Ocean Treasures

EC2

Theme: Me and My World

Unit: This is Me

Theme: Exploring our Environment

Unit: The World Around Us

Theme: Famous Artists

Unit: Imagine That

Theme: Stories and Storytelling

Unit: Once Upon a Time 

   

Active Learning
through Play

At Verita International School we recognise that young children learn best through being active. We understand that active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve the children for sustained periods. Therefore, we believe that Early Years education should be as practical as possible and our EYFS has an ethos of learning through play. We recognise the importance of children’s play. It is an essential and rich part of their learning process, supporting them in all areas of development. Play is a powerful motivator, encouraging children to be creative and to develop their ideas, understanding and language.

The EYFS at Verita International School provides both structured and unstructured play opportunities both inside and outside. These activities are designed to engage children in practical, first-hand experiences which supports children to discover, explore, investigate and help to make sense of the world around them.

In providing these active learning opportunities through play we understand the central position of play within the EYFS framework. This is essentially a play-based curriculum and pedagogy as the provision of play opportunities underpins its delivery within our setting.

Introduction Letter

Lorena Miller, EYFS Coordinator

Welcome to our Early Years setting at Verita International School,

I am delighted and extremely proud to be the EYFS Coordinator at such a fun and vibrant school where pupils, parents, teachers and the school community work hard to build partnerships and have high expectations of one another…

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