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Inspiring Learners, Growing Together

Inspiring Learners, Growing Together


At Castlethorpe First School we follow the Early Years Foundation.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In our school our EYFS Reception class, children start in the September in the year in which they turn 5.  The curriculum is based on 17 areas of learning which are broken down into milestones culminating in the Early Learning Goal (ELG).  Children's learning is focused on three characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, creative and critical thinking.


Teaching in EYFS takes into account the pupils' interests and finding 'teachable' moments throughout the day whilst children are learning through self exploration, playing, activity, and creativity indoors and outdoors.  Through skilled questioning teachers take pupils' learning forward guiding them and challenging them to discover new skills and knowledge.  Most learning is child initiated, a small proportion is teacher led; phonics, reading, letter formation and maths skills.

Introduction to Read, Write, Inc - parent meeting 2023