“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.”
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage- 2017
In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we meet the needs of all of our children through a challenging and exciting provision that allows children to become more independent in their learning. We believe that children are more engaged when they have a choice in their learning and so our timetables includes lots of opportunities for children to ‘free flow’ and engage in play both indoors and outdoors. Through playing children are learning many new skills such as: risk taking; social skills; fine motor skills; problem solving; and communication skills.
At the end of reception year, EYFS staff will complete an end of year profile for each child to determine whether they are emerging, expected, or exceeding in the seven areas of learning and development. More details on this can also be found at:
The Foundation Stage is divided into Reception (children aged 4-5 years old) and Nursery (children aged 3-4 years old)
The Nursery staff are Miss Moore-Haines (Class Teacher) and Mrs Coley, Mrs Steans and Mrs Patel (Teaching Assistants).
The Nursery children are very much a part of the whole school. They share an outdoor area with the reception children.
Please contact the academy office for more information on admissions.
We cover a range of exciting topics throughout the year. Our long term plans can be seen here.
Staff assess the children by observing them as they interact with others and with various activities. These ongoing observations are used to inform the Foundation Stage Profile. We will consider ways to support your child to strengthen and deepen their current learning and development. The more we know about each child, the better able we are to support and extend their ability.
During your child’s time in EYFS they will have a learning journey. We use a system called ‘Tapestry’ which is an online learning journey. This allows you to log in and see your child’s learning whenever you would like.
We feel it is important for parents to contribute too, as you know your children best. The ‘Tapestry online learning journal’ allows you to upload things that your child has done during their time away from school. This will help the children during speaking and listening sessions as they have something familiar to talk about. We also upload ‘Tapestry Challenges’ for you to complete at home with your child, which helps us with our assessments.
Below are the guides in assessing Tapestry through the app and how to upload observations.
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write by breaking down words into sounds.
EYFS are following the phonics overview (see attached) to practise their phase 1 phonics and learn their sounds.
We follow the Read Write Inc scheme. Read Write Inc. phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step
In order to help your child at home you will find these resources extremely useful and fun to do, at the same time reinforcing their learning at school. Follow this link for a sound pronunciation guide:
Here are some useful websites when practising at home.
Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.
The children will also develop their maths skills in the EYFS. We follow the White Rose Maths Scheme.
You can help your child at home with their maths by doing some of the following:
– Practice counting- count everything!
– Look at numbers – on house doors, buses, road signs, sports tops
– Look for shapes in the environment….Can you find a triangle, square, circle?