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The 'Big Ideas' and EYFS

Our curriculum is underpinned by four ‘big ideas’ that thread through each subject and year group. In EYFS these ideas link through the taught curriculum and are underpinned in our continuous provision and enhancements.

 

Materials

Understanding the unique and physical properties of all matter and how we interact with them. This big idea invites children to explore the properties of all matter, including that which is living and non-living. It explores how materials are both formed and change. Through this big idea, children develop an understanding of the uses of materials and their unique, physical properties that make them fit for purpose.

 

Taught through UW and EAD lessons (DT, Art and Science) throughout the year for example making robot pictures from shiny loose parts, finding which materials are waterproof,

 

Continuous provision both inside and outside - use of the water areas for exploring different materials, the creative area for junk modelling and joining materials in different ways and the construction areas.

 

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and the cause and effect of human behaviour. This big idea invites children to find out what it means to be human, including the workings of human anatomy and how to keep safe. They explore ways that the human race is interconnected and explore the human experience and identities through a range of subject lenses. They discover the cause and effect of human behaviour and develop an understanding of the relationships between individuals, societies, faiths and communities. Through this big idea, children discover the ancient secrets of past civilisations and see the multitude of ways in which they influence modern-day life.

 

Taught through UW (RE, History) and PSHE lessons, also Literacy through the variety of books that we read and study for example Ruby’s Worry to discuss different emotions. Our RE curriculum looks at different faiths and religions through the viewpoint of celebrations and stories from around the world.

 

Continuous provision - roleplay and small world areas.

 

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social and environmental aspects of different places around the world. This big idea invites children to explore the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places in their locality and the wider world. They examine how human activity and social interactions shape places and enable them to discover the unique identities and features of towns, cities, countries and continents. Through this big idea, children develop an appreciation of both the natural and urban landscape and begin to understand the bond between people and place or setting.

 

Taught through UW lessons (RE and Geography), for example comparing the Serengeti with the UK, walking to the local post box. Also Literacy through the variety of books that we read and study, Forest School.

 

Continuous provision - the roleplay and small world areas, book corners.

 

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter. This big idea invites children to explore the importance of significant people, places, events and inventions. They examine why things are meaningful to some and not to others, based on their values, beliefs and experiences. Through this big idea, children develop an understanding of key people, places, events and inventions that have changed their everyday lives and the world at large.

 

Taught through UW (RE, History, Geography), also Literacy through the variety of books that we read and study. For example learning about special people in our RE curriculum.

 

Continuous provision - roleplay and small world areas.

 

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