The Early Years Curriculum
The EYFS covers the Nursery class and a Reception class. We use the ‘Development Matters’ document as a tool to support our planning and assessment.
In order to be successful learners, we are committed to developing the whole child. We believe children need to be supported in developing as happy, confident and enthusiastic learners, and we ensure adult support and interaction facilitates this through skilled observations and high quality assessments and interactions. We focus on the personal, social and emotional aspects of learning, alongside communication and language skills. We are skilled in understanding the development of a child, and move quickly to identify any concerns and ensure appropriate support, interventions or referrals are made.
We have a strong commitment to the development of early Literacy and Numeracy skills in the school to give children firm foundations for their learning. In Nursery there is a weekly maths focus with daily maths sessions taking place soon after the children start Reception. In Nursery, phonics teaching begins early in the Autumn term with the class learning one new sound per week. In Reception this moves to daily phonics sessions which are based on Letters and Sounds.
We aim to inspire all children to have a love of writing, and our use of scribed stories with the children has proven impact in this area. Children begin by telling a story to an adult scribe and over time progress to writing letters they know, then familiar words and finally stories of their own as their skills progress. This gives the children ownership over their work. These are acted out and displayed in the classroom.
We use our art and literacy based curriculum as a starting point for learning each term, to give the children opportunities to explore a broad range of new experiences and to offer challenge through in school opportunities, visitors and visits. We also ensure we respond swiftly to the children’s own child initiated learning experiences, and that adults are interacting in a way which moves learning forwards for all learners.
The team meet regularly to moderate assessment judgements, share expertise and best practice and to reflect on what has worked well and what else needs to be done. Moderation also takes place with other settings and external moderators to ensure consistency in judgements.
We ensure we involve parents in the education and care of their child, keeping them informed of what we the children learning and their next steps, giving opportunities to share in their child’s learning giving workshops and ideas for supporting their child and listening to and acting on any concerns. Learning journals are used as a way to promote parental involvement and this is proving to be successful. Parents are able to see evidence of their child’s learning at parent's evenings; they are able to discuss the learning with their child and class teacher. In addition, we use To and Fro books, which enable to parents to communicate the learning that they have been doing with their child at home. This includes trips out, take-home tasks and recounting what they have been learning about at school. Our parents engage very well with these and it has really enabled our early years team to get to know their pupil's interests very well.
There is a helpful guide to aid parents in understanding their child’s learning and development in the Early Years
The link can be found here: