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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

EYFS Intent

In the Early Years at Acorns Primary School, we believe that every pupil is unique. We ensure all children have the opportunity to develop and learn in a safe and nurturing environment where play and learning is combined. We are committed to giving our pupils the best possible start to their school life, teaching them knowledge and skills that ensure their wellbeing now and success in the future. 


Our intent is to:

  • Use Curriculum Maestro, alongside the educational programmes, as a framework to build on when deciding what we intend the children to learn and develop.
  • Establish an environment that is nurturing, bright and exciting and one that is full of interesting and challenging activities in which learning can take place.
  • Deliver a curriculum based on entitlement for all, that considers each child’s existing knowledge and experiences, and where the children can engage in first-hand experiences.
  • Give children opportunities to practise, revise and extend knowledge and skills in a consistent and stable environment. 
  • Enable children to develop characteristics of effective teaching and learning, which will enable them to become independent, resourceful and resilient learners now and throughout their education. These are:
  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
  • Design a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all pupils, from individual starting points.