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Aspirations Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage


The current practice in EYFS at Marsh Hill has a balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning through planned play based activities. The classes have a free-flow unit with the opportunity to close the concertina doors if necessary.

At the start of each day, children have a different activity to complete until the register is taken, such as writing their phonic sounds, writing numbers, completing number calculations, writing about their weekend, practising red words or reading a book.

The morning is split into outdoor and indoor learning, two practitioners will teach a differentiated adult-led activity linked to the phonics carpet session and two practitioners will be supporting and facilitating child-initiated learning through planned questioning and through observations. Focus children are observed in the mornings. Over the course of a morning, the children have a phonics session followed by independent activities and a writing adult led focus that is linked to the phonics session for the autumn term and progresses to writing sentences when the children are ready. After snack time, the children have a maths carpet session followed by independent activities and a Maths adult led focus that is linked to the carpet session.

In the afternoon, the children have a reading session where the class is split into smaller groups, two groups read with an adult and two groups access independent activities. They then have a whole class carpet session linked to the current topic. Practitioners facilitate independent activities that are linked to either Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design or Physical Development that take place indoor or outdoor depending on the activities. One practitioner is facilitating and observing identified children from key person groups, with a specific focus linked to their learning journeys.

The continuous provision for both indoor and outdoor is planned for weekly and is linked to the topic and prior learning. Additional lessons that take place across the week are whole class Music, Religious Education, PSHE and PE.

To build strong relationships with all of our families, each child has the opportunity to take home the class camera each term, this is to take photos of special events taking place at home or something special they want to share with school. There are then three sessions across the week in the afternoon where the children present their photos to their class and talk about each photo, this is to develop links with parents, encourage parental involvement but also to develop the communication and language skills of the children.

Below, you will be able to access 3 documents which will provide you with an overview of which skills will be taught during the academic year. . .

Curriculum Plan 2021

Reading Skills Progression

Writing Skills Progression