Early Years Foundation Stage
Mrs Lakin is responsible for Early Years. If you wish to discuss any issues relation to Early Years please contact Mrs Lakin or make an appointment to see her by contacting the school office.
In Early Years Foundation Stage we plan our curriculum to help develop the whole child and prepare them for their future.
We use the following curriculum drivers:
- Possibilities – we want children to want to find out more and investigate to develop their knowledge and understanding.
- Community – we want children to respect themselves and others, to have excellent manners and form good relationships with others.
- Communication – we want children to be confident speakers encouraging communication in all areas and developing vocabulary.
- Initiative – we want children to be curious, to use their imagination, solve problems and make choices.
- Environment – we want children to know about the world they live in and experience it
- Adventure – we want children to be excited by the real world and develop their imagination.
At Balby Central Primary Academy we deliver the Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum. We plan activities for all areas of the curriculum. The curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning.
These are the prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self Confidence and Self Awareness
Managing Feelings and Behaviour
- Communication and Language
Listening and Attention
- Physical Development
Moving and Handling
Health and Self Care
And the specific areas of learning:
Shape, Space and Measure
- Understanding the Word
People and Communities
- Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and Using Media and Materials
We also focus on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
Adults will encourage children to use the characteristics of effective learning providing opportunities in all areas.
Children will not only be praised for results and outcomes but for the process and attitude towards an activity.
Children’s interests are an important driver in the resources and focus to our curriculum with adaptations made linked to current interests, the weather and events. We tailor the provision, books and the environment to meet the needs of our children. We have a balance between adult and child–initiated time with focussed groups teaching children skills and the provision providing them with the opportunity to apply their skills independently. In EYFS we want children to learn both inside and outside. The outdoor environment will not mirror the indoor but provide children with the opportunity to explore the natural world, develop gross motor skills and become confident with their movements alongside practising and developing skills in a different environment with different resources.
We want children to be excited by their learning. We want them to explore, to find out more and become independent learners
We will provide children with a balance between adult led and child led learning. The balance of this is flexible to meet the needs of the children at the time. As children progress through EYFS the amount of adult guided tasks will increase. Adult guided sessions will follow structured programs; RWI for phonics and Maths Mastery/Maths Meetings for Number and Shape, Space and Measure. A ‘Book Study’ approach will guide literacy sessions. The continuous provision will be open ended to allow children to use a variety of skills developing and mastering their knowledge and skills whilst working with others. Enhancements will guide children to use specific skills and develop knowledge that has been highlighted through high quality interactions, observations and assessments. In Reception children access a Challenge Station which they must complete every week.
Adults will take children’s ideas as a starting point and support them in using their knowledge and skills to move learning on through play, sharing the excitement of learning new things and their enthusiasm of discovery. All adults will take part in activities in the environment sharing learning and providing new and rich experiences to develop further. Adults will model language to children, using new and varied vocabulary to expose children to new language and encouraging them to speak in full sentences whenever possible. In EYFS we want adults to interact with children to support, guide and extend their learning whilst observing and assessing their understanding. Observations may be in the form of photographs or written notes, these will go together with children’s work to form their Learning Journey through their time in EYFS.
We value parental contributions and aim to form strong relationships between school and home. As an EYFS unit we want to develop children who have strong learning habits and work with parents and carers to support children developing these as soon as possible. In Reception we invite parents into the classroom every Monday morning to take part in a range of activities, to access our EYFS library and borrow books to read at home. We hold creative events each term and there will be half termly information sessions to share ideas with parents how they can support their children’s learning at home. Every half term, parents will have the chance to come into school and look at their children’s Learning Journey with their child. This also provides opportunity for parents to meet with and speak to staff in the EYFS unit. Our Nursery parents will be invited after October half term once children have had time to settle into school.
All children have a Proud Moments Book which we encourage parents to fill with all the amazing things their children have been doing at home, photos, drawings, writing, certificates or notes about the things you are proud of will help build a picture of the fabulous things your child is doing at home. We love to hear all about these.
We work closely as a unit and ensure there are links to previous learning with clear transition between Nursery and Reception. Provision will enable children to develop, deepen and master their skills and knowledge.
We aim to develop a love of reading through high quality story times, book studies and by encouraging reading at home. High quality stories used in class will be based on the needs and interests of the children. Alongside phonics teaching we aim for all children to be confident in Set 1 sounds by the end of Nursery and blending by Christmas in Reception. We will expose children to new and varied vocabulary and encourage them to speak in full sentences expanding the vocabulary they use.
In Early Years we follow the same behaviour approach as the rest of the school focused on being Ready, Respectful and Safe. We aim for children to develop a good understanding of what they look like and how they help to them to be a good learner. Children will be praised for developing these behaviours.
Weekly assemblies (initially in Reception) focus on our behaviour policy, current news, ways to keep safe and links with links with British Values.
If we identify that a child has an additional or specific need we may use interventions to support and close the gap. The need may be in any area of the curriculum. We use tailored targeted support and programmes such as Thrive to support our children.
If parents would like any more information on the Early Year’s Foundation Curriculum or the Characteristics of Effective Learning this is available online at the following links: