Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Nursery and Reception class curriculum and planning is based on the seven areas of development in the EYFS Development Matters document. Our main focus is on Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language so that the children can form relationships with the staff and other children, as well as increasing their resilience and the confidence to express their feelings and ideas. We also place a great value on learning in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics so that the children have a strong foundation to build on when they transition into Key Stage 1.

Each child’s progress is recorded in their Learning Journey books using photographic observations and other examples of their learning. Children in the Reception classes also have Literacy and Mathematics books which show their developing abilities. The children explore through creative activities, technology and learning about the world around them. All the classrooms have displays of the children’s work and we are very proud to be able invite the parents and significant adults in the children’s lives, to our Open Mornings each term which provides an opportunity for the children to show their work.

To build home to school partnerships the Nursery class asks that the adult who brings the child to school helps them to either choose a book for Home Reading or supports them to write their name every other day. All the Early Years classes go on educational school trips and we are always grateful for the support we receive from family members to support this.

 

Nursery

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Nursery class curriculum and planning is based on the seven areas of development in the EYFS Development Matters document. Our main focus is on Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language so that the children can form relationships with the staff and other children, as well as increasing their resilience and the confidence to express their feelings and ideas. We are very lucky to have a fantastic outdoor space where the children’s Physical Development can be extended. We also place a great value on learning through play in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics.

Each child’s progress is recorded in their Learning Journey books using photographic observations and other examples of their learning. The classroom has displays of the children’s work and we are very proud to be able invite the parents and significant adults in the children’s lives, to our Open Mornings each term which provides an opportunity for the children to show their book and their work.

The children learn about the world around them by engaging in activities linked to the topics. These experiences can be through role play, art, music and dance, using technology, cooking and planting seeds.

To build home to school partnerships the Nursery class asks that the adult who brings the child to school helps them to either choose a book for Home Reading or supports them to write their name every other day. We also have a Stay and Play session every week which falls on different days throughout the term to give everyone a chance to attend.

 

Reception

The Reception class curriculum and planning uses the seven areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters document. The children have daily Literacy, Phonics and Mathematics sessions so that they have a strong foundation to build on when they transition into Key Stage 1. They learn about the world around them by getting to watch eggs hatch into chicks, engaging in themed role play and using the interactive board and computers in their classrooms as well as their own observations made in the outside space. Creative activities provide the wonderful pieces of work for the many displays in the classroom.

As a school we encourage dress up days and the children always enjoy dressing as Superheroes, Pirates and Kings and Queens to support the topics throughout the year. The Reception class attend many outings throughout the year including trips to museums, theatres and the London Aquarium for which we are very gratefully supported by parent and carer volunteers.

Each term the Reception classes hold an Open Morning where the parents and any other interested family members are invited to come into the classrooms and look through the children’s books and at their display work with them.