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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidelines

These guidelines are for voluntary aided church schools in the Diocese of Guildford.

JaneWhittington1 Jane Whittington

Schools Officer – Christian Distinctiveness, RE,Spiritual Development & Christian Distinctiveness of Church Schools (M,T,Th)

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Rachel Boxer Rachel Boxer


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EYFS Curriculum Overview

These are the documents that you will need as you plan and teach the EYFS curriculum.

EYFS curriculum overview
This explains where the RE learning at Key Stage 1 fits into the children's learning journey. It sets out the units that are compulsory and those that are optional.

Big ideas in EYFS (coming soon)
This explains the three key ideas that underpin the RE content in EYFS.

Big ideas booklet
This explains how the learning in each unit fits into the bigger picture of RE across the primary phase.

Explaining how the unit is set out
This explains the purpose of each of the boxes on the unit plans.

Beginner's guide to enquiry based learning in RE (coming soon)
This booklet takes you through the process of using the enquiry approach to teaching and learning in RE.

Early years' assessment statements
To help you assess against the big ideas in the EYFS units

Guildford Diocese pupil speak ladder of progression

Guildford Diocese statements of attainment and progression

Summary of beliefs and practices of the religions studied at EYFS
Information for teachers

An explanation of the specialist language used in religions.

What have we done with the old ASUs?
If you have taught using the ASUs in the past, this shows you where they have been used in the new guidelines.

Online resources for RE
Some useful websites with resources for teaching and learning RE.

These are the documents that you will need as you plan and teach the Keys Stage 1 curriculum.

Compulsory Units:

There are 9 units that are compulsory for all Foundation Stage pupils. These are short units that build on the implicit RE experiences outlined in the 'Core Concepts' section of the Guidelines. Schools may choose where in the school year they are studied, although the 'Celebrations' units may be best studied in the appropriate term.

* the learning in these units also forms a part of the Extended Study Units

Units for EYFS