Our aim in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is to guide children on the beginning of their journey towards a life-long love of learning. The EYFS is all about the ‘whole child’ which means that developing turn taking, listening skills and friendships are seen as vital skills alongside the core skills of reading, writing and maths.
In EYFS we love to play! As children move through our key stage we will use our expertise to develop and guide children’s play to help them learn. In our ‘The Tiny Seeds’ room circle times are used to encourage speech, listening skills and turn taking, listen to stories, sing songs and explore basic number concepts. In our Nursery (The Very Busy Spiders) these circle times continue and are fine-tuned so we can be sure that children are ready to begin their school journey in Reception. In Reception children will have adult-led sessions in Phonics, Maths and Literacy which last around 15 minutes each.
In EYFS our children love to be outside. Children can spend much of their day outside enjoying a variety of activities such as water play, painting, building and gardening. Outdoor learning in planned for and purposeful throughout our EYFS.
We work closely with families for example, through stay and play sessions and an ‘open-door’ policy at the beginning of our sessions. These links are vital to ensuring children are happy and ready to learn during their time at school.
All children in EYFS have a learning journey. This is where teachers and parents record children’s’ achievements throughout the year. This evidence can vary from a painting or picture to some writing or outdoor number work. Our aim is to value all of a child’s achievements, regardless of their context.
Our aim is for children to have choice and freedom to learn in a way which suits them best whether this be outside, in the sand tray or at the writing table. Children who are happy and having fun will always prove to be the best learners! We are very proud of the number of children who leave Reception having made good or outstanding progress during their time with us.
Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.