Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Ambition | Respect | Kindness

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

CURRICULUM – EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

EYFS Curriculum

The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” Maria Montessori

At Garden Fields, the aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is to provide each child with the best possible start to their school journey, to ensure that they build excellent learning behaviours and develop the skills they need to succeed. We believe every child should grow with a sense of respect, responsibility, compassion, cooperation, inclusivity, and integrity.

Our staff take time to get to know each individual child, building positive relationships to best understand their needs. We create a nurturing atmosphere where each child and their individual needs and achievements, are recognised, valued and praised.

You can find out more in our 3 Is; Intent, Implementation and Impact.


At Garden Fields, we place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing them with the skills, knowledge, and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges in their learning journey.  Emphasis is placed on the children developing as kind, independent and resilient individuals that have the confidence and ability to communicate effectively, problem solve, develop ideas and think creatively. Moreover, our intention is for our children to have been guided by the core school values of Respect, Kindness and Ambition, and implement these into their daily life.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We consider children’s prior learning and various starting points to develop a holistic, engaging curriculum, that connects across all areas of the EYFS.

By the end of the Reception year, our intention is to ensure that all children make good progress from their starting points, and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into Year 1.


Our EYFS curriculum follows the Cornerstones Curriculum 22 and the statutory guidance EYFS Framework, while also being supported by the Development Matters guidance. The Characteristics of effective teaching and learning are also central to all planned learning experiences in our EYFS curriculum. 

Pupils learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities.  The timetable is carefully structured so that children have rigorous directed teaching in English, Maths and Phonics every day.  These sessions are followed by group work where children work with a member of staff to develop their individual targets.  This focused group time means the teacher can systematically check for understanding, identify and respond to misconceptions quickly, and provide verbal feedback which results in a strong impact on the acquisition of new learning. Adult-led tasks are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.

Our inclusive approach means that all children learn together, but we have a range of additional intervention and support for children who may not be reaching their potential and need further support. This includes, for example, sessions for developing social skills, fine motor skills, phonics, and mathematics. 
Assessment is ongoing throughout the year. Pupil progress meetings every term ensure consistency in assessment and planning for all children, identifying those in need of further intervention to accelerate progress.


The children’s experiences at Garden Fields provide the necessary foundations for the rest of their learning journey. Adults facilitate the development of communication and social interaction through the curriculum, supporting children to achieve and effectively transition onto the next step in their education. The children are headed for the ultimate Garden Fields aim which is to build their confidence, ignite a love of learning, and create wonderful memories. 

Topic Overviews

We adapt the curriculum to meet the needs and interestes of our children.

We share our topic webs with parents at the start of each half term. Please see below our topic webs so far for this academic year:

Autumn A – Me and My Community

Autumn B – Starry Night

Spring A – Once Upon a Time

Spring B – Ready, Steady, Grow

Summer A – Animal Safari

Summer B – Our Big Wide World!


The Learning Journey below illustrates the curriculum for children in EYFS.