The main principles, as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Guidance, on which the EYFS curriculum is based are grouped into four main themes:
- A Unique Child – every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in EYFS provision.
There are three prime areas and four specific areas of Learning & Development.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Our programme supports children to develop relationships, to develop their self confidence and self awareness and to manage their feelings and behaviour. For example we encourage the children to be able to describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their abilities, sharing these with both peers and adults. At the end of each week and during holidays the children will have the opportunity of taking care of our classroom cuddly friends ‘Boris’ and ‘Bessie’. They don’t need feeding, but we do ask for a diary to be filled in to tell us of the adventures that they get up to!
- Communication and Language – We support children in their listening and attention skills, in their understanding and in their speaking. On a weekly basis your child will be encouraged to bring in items or share stories for Show and Tell, this is an ideal opportunity for children to become great communicators, listeners and to show opinions about things that they have heard or seen.
- Physical Development – We support children to grow more confident in moving and handling, and to develop their awareness of health and self-care. All children experience a healthy range of foodstuffs through milk and fruit being continually available as a snack. At lunch times there is a three week menu that is prepared for younger children, by a chef using a variety of fresh, healthy foods offering them a balanced diet. Water is available to the children, we ask that you provide a water bottle for this purpose. Children in Foundation Stage take part in a daily Movement 4 Learning programme that we were a pilot school for on behalf of Professor Pat Preedy and Dr Rebecca Duncombe. Following this pilot we were able to take from the findings that this programme enabled the children to be much more school ready in physical skills which enabled them to achieve far greater progress than would normally be expected.
Literacy will continue to be taught using ‘Magic Moment’ sessions that enable us to present work in an informal way, within the children’s ‘play’, working with children at a similar stage of development. We use ‘Twinkl Phonics’ which is based on Letters and Sounds.
The younger Nursery children will learn how to listen to sounds and to have sustained concentration on one thing that will gradually increase, they will then begin to learn their phase 2 sounds. Nursery children that will be moving into Reception in September will be focusing on sounds from phase 2 and Reception children will move on to phase 4, practising forming their letters correctly and then using this knowledge in writing their own words. Alongside this they will use this phonic knowledge to continue gaining confidence in reading; learning more tricky words that cannot be phonetically segmented, using expression as they read and using their knowledge of a story to predict what might happen next.
This learning is very much based around enjoyment in order that they foster a love for learning. Much of the work that they do will then be re-enforced within their play in the classroom.
We will continue to use ‘White Rose Maths’ which, in the same way as the literacy, will continue to be taught during ‘Magic Moments’. The work that they cover is very much presented in a fun, practical manner in order that they can really grasp an understanding of the concepts that they are learning. They will build upon what they learnt last term. In Number they will be focusing on understanding numbers beyond 20, spatial reasoning; involving rotation, matching and manipulation of shapes. They will then build on their knowledge of subtraction and addition using larger numbers. They will learn to double and halve numbers, re-capping odd and even number. In all areas they will be fostering a deeper understanding of the concepts that they have previously learnt
Planning In The Moment
Our learning in EYFS is based around the idea of Planning In The Moment which allows us to use particular interests that a child might have and to take this further in an adventure of learning. This may be led by an experience that they may have had at home, for example a special birthday celebration, or it may be led by something that they have perhaps seen on the way to school that has really interested them. We look forward to building on and exploring new experiences in the summer days that are ahead of us. Please do share any experiences that you feel the other children would enjoy through tapestry and we can then build on these experiences.
Educational Visits and Visitors
Unfortunately, we will not be able to take part in our usual farm trip this term – we will still make lots of lovely memories and will plan exciting adventures that we can have at school.
Tapestry is used as an online learning journal where observations will be made of the children and these are then linked to the areas of learning. We welcome parents making their own observations at home as this can also help to enhance Planning In The Moment.
We will continue to use memos on Tapestry for Reception aged children to inform you of where your child is at with their reading in school, we love to hear how they are doing at home with this too. Books will continue to be changed on a Monday and Thursday with us completing the appropriate quarantine of the returned books. For those children that will be moving into Reception in September will bring home a set of Phase 2 sounds and we will look at these individually at school and you can repeat this at home, adding it as a comment on the memo. They will begin to have reading books as they are ready to do so.