The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework is the statutory curriculum we run through Nursery and Reception. The National Curriculum starts in Year 1. At our school, we treat Year 1 as part of our EYFS phase, meaning that our pupils are taught in a child-centered, play-based way for longer. They still access our Year 1 school curriculum, it is just that we do not start more formal approaches to learning until children are in Year 2. At that point, we run smaller classes than normal and focus on ensuring pupils are absolutely ready for Year 2 SATs and the next stage of their education in Key Stage 2 (known as KS2, representing Years 3-6).
We have found this approach transformative and extremely popular with parents. It enables us to offer our younger pupils a developmentally appropriate form of education and has led to significant improvements in performance. The outcomes of our pupils at the end of Reception have been above national averages for several years. In the KS1 phonics and SATs tests our pupils' outcomes are rapidly improving and now broadly in line with or above national averages.
We offer a lot of flexibility to parents in terms of hours and days in our Nursery, including an extended day that runs from 8am to 6pm. Click here to find out more. The extended day is available to all our pupils from Nursery to Year 6. You can find out more here. Click on the links below to find out more about learning in the Early Years.