The summer term is always an exciting time. The children have been engaging in transition sessions, getting to know their new teachers, and they are full of anticipation for September. This year, in the EYFS, the staff have also been invigorated by a new statutory EYFS framework which will come into effect in September. This, alongside the work we have been doing as a whole school on developing the curriculum, has given us incredible impetus to really work out what it means to be a child in Brabyns Nursery and Reception.
As an EYFS team, we have been exploring the new non-statutory Development Matters guidance, the new Early Learning Goals for Reception and, working alongside the Year 1 teacher, Miss Hellfeld, have redesigned our curriculum map.
There will be a much bigger emphasis next year on ‘cultural literacy’. The children will spend time building the knowledge they need to understand and talk about: the place in which they live; cultural and traditional similarities and differences; people and events from the past that have shaped our country and our world and a greater knowledge of the plants and animals that are native to different countries. The topics will be the same in all three classes but will be studied in greater depth and with a slightly different focus each year.
There will also be a bigger emphasis on nursery rhymes and traditional tales throughout the year as well as important work on the development of vocabulary through the books that are read to the children and through planned conversations. The team has also been working hard to develop new skill progression documents. These will ensure that we are always challenging the children to become more proficient with their fine and gross motor skills and their health and self-care. Look out for further updates next academic year when you can see our new curriculum in action.