Foundation stage for early years children
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven areas of learning. There are three prime areas of learning:
· Personal, social and emotional
· Communication and language
· Physical development
These areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress. They are applied and reinforced by the specific areas.
There are four specific areas of learning:
· Understanding the world
· Expressive art and design
These cover essential skills and knowledge.
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities which are tailored to suit your child’s individual needs. The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. We strongly believe that children should learn through play and engaging hand on activities, where they need to explore, investigate and find out for themselves why things happen and why things work.
We provide many opportunities for the children to talk about what they are doing and to use their imagination.
Our classrooms are lively, stimulating and well organised learning environments. We believe that children learn best through short mini topics which are meaningful to them and motivate them to become fully involved. The children experience direct teaching activities where they may work independently, with a partner, in a group or as part of the whole class. They also have time to use their own initiative and develop their independence, by planning their own activities (in Plan-do-review).
At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the Reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the Reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.
At Bulford St. Leonard’s Primary School we use online learning journeys through software called Tapestry. By logging on with a secure username and password parents are able to view all of their children’s observations, photographs and even videos from their time in Nursery and Reception. This enables parents to follow children’s individual progress closely and reflect upon their achievements together. Tapestry allows parents to add comments or observations of learning at home, so that we, as staff, find out about which activities children enjoy at home. All of this information is stored on a highly secure server which is monitored closely.
We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning. You are the primary educators of your children and we value this. By working in partnership your child will greatly benefit. The activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. For example, talking, listening, reading, singing nursery rhymes, cooking and baking or playing outside with them. More ideas can be found at: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.
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