EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE [EYFS]
Our EYFS setting provides an exciting and stimulating environment for both Nursery and Reception children.
All children engage in a wide variety of adult led and child initiated learning and have the opportunity to work in small and large groups, both indoors and outdoors to achieve the Early Years Outcomes. There are seven Areas of Learning and Development, split into Prime and Specific Areas as detailed below.
|Areas of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling, Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking|
|Literacy||Reading and Writing -using Oxford Reading Tree and Jolly phonics|
|Mathematics||Numbers Shape, Space and Measure|
|Understanding the World||People and communities, The World, Technology|
|Expressive Art and Design||Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative|
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support our children to remain effective and motivated learners. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are fundamental to all areas of learning these are detailed below.
|Characteristics of Effective Learning|
|Playing and exploring – engagement Finding out and exploringPlaying with what they knowBeing willing to ‘have a go’|
|Active learning – motivation Being involved and concentratingKeeping tryingEnjoying achieving what they set out to do|
|Creating and thinking critically – thinking Having their own ideasMaking linksChoosing ways to do things|
Children take part in PE, Phonics, Mathematics, Topic and Music sessions. Children attend a variety of assemblies, including Showcase Assemblies on a Friday to celebrate achievements and birthdays.
Nursery – Children are admitted to the nursery class in the September prior to their 4th birthday.
The Nursery class runs from 8.50am – 11.50am. A lunch club is provided as optional additional provision every day. Parents are asked to book their requirements and pay in advance at the beginning of each half term. The lunch club is supervised by a member of the EYFS support staff to ensure continuity. Children bring their own packed lunch and engage in planned play activities.
Before entry, parents are invited to a New Parents’ Evening and children and parents are visited in their homes at pre- arranged times at the beginning of their entry term. This is an ideal opportunity for children to get to know their teachers and for parents to discuss any concerns in a relaxed and informal setting.
Reception- Children complete a full year in the reception class before entry to Year 1. Reception children who are admitted from alternative nursery settings will also receive home visits. Reception children have a staggered start to the beginning of their year. Children are entitled to a hot school meal or can bring a packed lunch from home.
All parents are invited to a Meet the Teacher session to receive information on the expectations and provision for each year group. Parent Teacher consultations are held each term for all children in Early Years. Parent workshops, Book exchanges and Stay and Play sessions take place this year for all EYFS pupils.
Assessment- Children’s learning is planned for and assessed according to the Early Years Outcomes. These are age-banded statements of expected development and their progress is continuously monitored. Parents are informed of progress and any concerns on a regularly term. Arrangements can be made to meet with the class teacher at any time should issues arise.
Ignite- Opportunities are provided for the children to gain real experiences to ignite their enthusiasm and interest in their new or current topic. The planned topics for Early Years for 2016 are detailed in the school topic plan linked below.