Early Years Foundation Stage
The start of your child’s learning journey
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the start of each child’s own learning journey and is designed to build the foundations of their learning in a safe, supportive and caring environment filled with opportunities for everyone.
Learning at Lincoln Minster School is fun, exciting and inviting, with all children learning through playing and by doing. We offer a broad curriculum linked through topics to provide opportunities for the children to extend experiences and further their learning and knowledge. Art, Drama, Music and Sport are key parts of the experience.
Above all, in every area we encourage independence, thinking and investigating, enquiring minds, imagination, creativity, self-confidence and communication. We treat every child as an individual and believe that happy children are learning children.
We use the Development Matters Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage, but we believe in a flexible approach – especially if that means taking a break to play in the first snow of the year or admire a rainbow!
The four key themes of the EYFS underpin all that we do:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
With these four principles in mind, the curriculum features three prime areas of development and four specific areas of development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Key Stage 1
Core class teaching with specialist input in specific subject areas
At the Pre-Preparatory School, Key Stage 1 begins as the children move into Year 1. Each class is taught by a class teacher who is involved in the planning and delivery of the core and foundation subjects with subject specialist teachers delivering lessons in Music, Spanish, PE, Games and Swimming.
The core subjects of Maths and English are distinct subjects and taught separately in the Pre-Preparatory School, but they also often link to specific topics. Our Creative Curriculum topics are linked to History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, ICT and where appropriate Science. Key skills are taught within each topic theme.
Children also benefit on a weekly basis from:
- Games and PE
- RE and PSHE