Early Years Foundation Stage Rationale 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” 

                                                                                                        Benjamin Franklin 

In the Early Years at Abbots Green Academychildren learn within a safe and secure learning environment that equips them for the educational journey ahead. We ensure children are given a range of highly engaging and motivating play-based learning experiences which enable them to become confident and independent learners.  

The above quote encompasses everything that we aim to provide for children as they begin their journey with us, at the age of two years old. We endeavour to offer a curriculum that is based on real life experiences, involves the child and most importantly is planned through careful assessment of their needs and interests. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework provides us with the scaffold for our Early Years curriculum and learning is planned through the Curiosity ApproachBy the end of the Reception year, our intent is to ensure that all children make at least good progress from their starting points and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into Year 1. 

Intent – why do we teach what we teach? 

 At Abbots Green we use the Development Maters: Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (July2021), to support us with the delivery of our curriculum building on the strengths and meeting the needs of all children from the age of two years old.  

 Our curriculum is play-based and encompasses the seven areas of learning and development. Our Early Years team is committed to providing an environment that is rich with possibilities, develops children’s independence and puts children right at the centre of their own learning 

The intent of our EYFS curriculum is to; 

R recognise children’s prior learning 

A provide an ambitious curriculum  

I create an inspiring environment that allows children to be independent and engage in quality interactions 

N establish a natural environment that promotes curiosity 

B believe that every child can succeed 

O offer opportunities to talk and listen to develop life skills – Oracy 

we can do this WOW!