Characteristics of effective learning
The Early Years Curriculum identifies specific characteristics of learning that support children’s development across all areas of learning – this is about the process and how children learn.
Playing and exploring
This involves children developing their own interests and lines of inquiry, exploring different resources/equipment, applying what they already know, being willing to have a go.
This relates to children enjoying their achievements, reaching goals that they have set out to achieve. We consider and develop children’s level of involvement and concentration and their willingness to ‘have a go’.
Creating and Thinking Critically
This is where children choose ways to approach a situation/activity/scenario. It considers how they use their own ideas and make links, applying what they already know.
At Barnes Infant Academy we ensure children are able to experience learning linked to all characteristics through the organisation of the environment, through planned activities and through high quality interactions between adults and children and children and children.
Throughout EYFS (Nursery and Reception) all staff work hard to help each child develop across all areas of learning; recognising their interests, building upon their experiences and helping all children to make good progress.
Guidance on expected levels
Please click here for expectations for children in Nursery
Please click below for Nursery Topic Plans:
Nursery Autumn 1 – Why Am I Special
Nursery Autumn 2 – Lets Celebrate
Nursery Spring 1 – Once Upon a Time
Nursery Spring 2 – Healthy Me
Nursery Summer 1 – New Life
Nursery Summer 2 – Seaside Adventures
By the end of Reception year the expectation is that children will achieve the ‘Early Learning Goals’. Some children will not reach expected level and will continue to work towards this in Year 1. In the documents below, more information is provided.
Please click here for expectations for children in Reception
Please click here for Early Learning Goals
Please click below for Reception Topic Plans:
Reception Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me
Reception Autumn 2 – Welly Wanders
Reception Spring 1 – Our Big Adventure
Reception Spring 2 – Healthy Heroes
Reception Summer 1 – All Creatures Great and Small
Reception Summer 2 – When I Grow Up
Please click here for our Early Years Policy
Please click here for our topic overview
Please click here for our focus authors
Please click here to see how you can support your child
Please click here to see the impact of COVID-19
If you have any questions relating to the EYFS curriculum, please speak to Mrs Rushworth.