EYFS / Reception 2020 2021
At the Federation Bedenham and Holbrook, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework that sets the standards all Early Years providers must meet to ensure children develop and thrive in their learning. The framework gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundations for learning through school and life.
There are 7 areas of learning and development in the EYFS Framework that we cover.
We initially focus on the 3 prime areas:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Most children need to be competent in the prime areas to confidently access the other areas of the curriculum.
One of our key school values is that all children ‘become excellent communicators’. We believe Communication and Language is essential for children to understand and express themselves to others. During Autumn term we heavily focus on the development on speech and language skills. We provide opportunities for children to communicate with others in a range of ways, including; the use of talk time, communication friendly spaces and language acquisition assessments.
The prime areas will enable children to develop skills in the following 4 specific areas of learning.
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design.
We use these 7 areas to inform the planning for your child’s learning at school, alongside their interests and specific needs. We incorporate a balanced mixture of structured and child-led learning.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing, exploring and being inquisitive about the world around them. This is another key school value, encouraging children to be ‘enthusiastic learners’. We promote creativity and critical thinking, providing children open-ended opportunities through our continuous provision. Through our school value ‘being active and healthy’, we encourage children to think about their own health and wellbeing. They have access to free-flow exploration, allowing the children to learn both inside and outdoors throughout the day as, we appreciate every child learns differently and we tailor the learning to their needs.
We use Tapestry, a secure online learning journal, to enable us to track the progress of the children against the Early Years age stage bands. It produces an online learning journal which incorporates photo and video observations of your child’s learning. The platform also allows for engagement from parents and carers to contribute comments and experiences from home. We often then share and celebrate these achievements with the children at school.
When starting school, we ensure the transition from home to school is as smooth as possible for both parents and children. We appreciate children will have a wide range of interests, abilities and experiences before they start school. We provide home visits, in the security of their own home, as part of the transition period, to build relationships. We work closely with our Pre-Schools and Nurseries, the children participate in visits to the Reception class with their key worker before starting school and the teachers also visit their setting. We conduct transition meetings with Nursery and Pre-School staff to find out about each child’s needs and interests in order to adapt the learning environment for when they start in September.
At the end of the year, the children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELG) and this information is reported to you and used by the Year 1 staff to inform their planning for Autumn term.