At Connor Downs Academy, the implementation of our EYFS curriculum ensures that our children can develop as independent, confident and successful learners. Community is at the heart of our classroom practice; our children have high aspirations and understand the value of making positive contributions to the world around them. Our goal is to ensure that all of our children are happy and engaged.
Through our child-led curriculum, we provide an enabling environment that allows each child to display high levels of concentration, creativity, energy and persistence. The rationale behind this is that high levels of well-being and involvement foster positive development for children and facilitate deeper learning.
We believe that children should be able to lead their learning by initiating activities that are significant to them, derived from their own interests and ideas. Our curriculum is centred around our children; our EYFS team plan and enhance our classroom provision based on their knowledge of the children. 'In The Moment Planning' is used to record daily observations of our children's learning in Reception. These observations are then shared with parents and carers, forming each child's learning journal, through our EYFS communication network, Tapestry.
Our bespoke EYFS curriculum enables our children to embody the Characteristics of Effective Learning in all that they do, demonstrating their ability to:
- Play and explore
- Learn actively
- Create and think critically
We recognise and value the principles of the unique child; we strive to ensure that our Reception children feel inspired and motivated to actively engage with our EYFS curriculum during their first year at Connor Downs Academy. We understand that by establishing these foundations will enable our EYFS children to transition to Key Stage 1 with the confidence and skills required to flourish as independent, resilient and lifelong learners.