Early Years

Our Tenacres Early Years team all use their passion for teaching and learning young children to design, plan and implement a curriculum which will provide broad and balanced learning experiences and will help every child to reach their full potential.

Our Tenacres EYFS curriculum is designed with our children at the heart of it. We intend to design a curriculum to inspire young children and for them to be excited and motivated to learn about the world around them. We have lots of fun learning through play, building on children’s ideas experiences. We love to be learning both indoors and outdoors. Our EYFS curriculum is interactive and challenging, allowing children to develop perseverance, resilience and a real love of learning. Our day is made up of group sessions, focus activities and lots of child initiated learning.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which was implemented in 2012. This caters for learning and development from birth to five, ensuring seamless transitions from pre-school. Through carefully planning and sequencing our curriculum we aim for all children to acquire and build the skills and knowledge to establish the foundations for the next phase of learning and successful lifelong learning.

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas of Learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Physical Development.
  • Communication and Language.

Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding the World.
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

These areas are underpinned by the Characteristics of Effective Learning; the ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment. These are:

  • Playing and exploring.
  • Active Learning.
  • Creating and thinking critically

We have been working hard to develop our maths curriculum to ensure children develop a secure and deepened understanding. We are enjoying:

  • Teach it – learning a new skill / concept through concrete, pictorial and abstract experiences.
  • Twist it – taking what we have learnt and representing it in a different way to create opportunities for discussion and explanation in order to develop reasoning skills.
  • Solve it – applying and deepening our learning to challenge ourselves at our own individual stages of development.

At the end of your child’s EYFS year they will be assessed against the 17 Early Learning goals.

Also see:

Learning to link letters to sounds in literacy..
Exploring different textures in art and design..

Learning to recognise and order numbers in maths..
Retelling stories..

Grouping objects and counting how many..
Learning to write our names.