In the Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Redhills Primary School our aims are: –
• to support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school
• to provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning
• to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through a balanced provision of adult led and child initiated opportunities through play based approach.
• to support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential
• to provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance
• to foster positive home school links with parents and other care providers.
We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which came into effect in September 2012. This framework is a means of ensuring high standards of early education and care that will reassure parents that their child’s development is being fully supported.
The first stage of the EYFS curriculum begins at Redhills School when children enter the Reception year The EYFS underpins all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning in the children and promotes learning through play.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into the following areas of learning.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Making relationships
• Self-confidence and self-awareness
• Managing feelings and behaviour
• Moving and handling
• Health and self-care
'Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.'
Communication and Language
• Listening and attention
'Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.'
'Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.'
• Shape, space and measure
'Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.'
Understanding the World
• People and communities
• The world
'Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.'
Expressive Arts and Design
• Exploring and using media and materials
• Being imaginative
'Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, roleplay, and design and technology.'
(Quotes taken from Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage)
At Redhills Primary School, these areas of learning are enhanced through starting at the children's point of interest. We often use stories as a starting point and plan in opportunities for visitors and first hand experiences.
We plan our curriculum by providing a starting interest for children and then weekly planning develops in line with children’s progress and interests. We use observations of children’s learning and achievements to inform planning. Planning is differentiated throughout our Early Years and activities are planned to aid smooth transitions continuity and progression.
At the beginning of each term parents are issued with information about each topic.
All children in the EYFS at Redhills Primary School are encouraged to enjoy and share books with each other, individually and with an adult. All EYFS children have a timetabled slot in the library where they can enjoy a wide selection of books. A meeting is held for all Reception parents at the beginning of the Autumn Term to explain in detail about the EYFS and school life in general. The Reception children use ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is a synthetic phonics approach to learning to read and write, and more information is given about this at that meeting.
Assessment in the Reception is done in line with the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and staff observe the children to create a ‘learning journal’ which evidences the child’s progress through the Foundation Stage. Parents are invited in every Monday morning to see the journals and to add their own comments. We also have two formal parents’ evening during the year.
For more information about the Early Years Curriculum please view these documents and feel free to ask one of our members of the EYFS team.
What to expect when
Foundation years website