Early Years

Intent

The intent of our Early Years Curriculum is to support all children to become happy, independent, resilient and emotionally intelligent learners. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable children to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential.

At Croft Church of England Primary School, we will:

  • Develop excellent relationships with parents and carers to build a strong partnership in supporting their children to become independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.
  • Understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.
  • Create an indoor and outdoor environment that supports learning.
  • Use and value what each child can do, assessing their individual needs and helping each child to progress and prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage, ensuring they make good progress from their starting points.
  • Provide a broad, balanced, relevant and creative curriculum that will set in place firm foundations for further learning and development in Key Stage 1 and To support transition into KS1 (see Year 1 transition policy)
  • Provide a caring and inclusive learning environment which is sensitive to the requirements of the individual child including those who have additional needs.

The early-years education we offer our children is based on the following principles:

  • It builds on what our children already know and can do;
  • It ensures that no child is excluded or disadvantaged;

It offers a structure for learning that has a range of starting points, content that matches the needs of young children, and activities that provide opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors;

  • It provides a rich and stimulating environment;
  • It acknowledges the importance of a full working partnership with parents and carers.

Impact and Implementation

For the impact and implementation of our curriculum, please see the attached EYFS policy.

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • A secure foundation through development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and carers
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

 Overarching principles:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Your child will be doing a wide range of activities during the day based around the 7 areas of learning and development and the educational programmes in Early Years Foundation Stage.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development;

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

Some of these activities will be new to the children but many will be familiar, developing and building on skills from Nursery. This will develop their confidence about school. Further information about the EYFS can be found on the DfE website www.foundationyears.org.uk.

We use the Jolly Phonics, Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug programmes to help children learn letters and sounds essential for their reading and writing. We will send a ‘sound’ book home each day, to enable you to support their learning at home, as well as a booklet ‘Helping your child to read.’ Your child will also bring books and word games home. Please sign and comment in the ‘reading diary’, which accompanies the book/game

We recognise when children come to school they have varied experiences and are at different stages in their development. Where appropriate children will be given the opportunity to start early on levels of National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

The Early Years Leader is Miss Nicola Bleasby.

Please click here for Nursery Medium Term Plan Autumn

Please click here for Reception Medium Term Plan Autumn

EYFS Long Term Planning Model

Early Years Policy November 2019

Assessment

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

In order to establish the child’s stage of development, foundation stage profiling collects evidence of attainment across all Early Learning Goals throughout the year. At the end of Reception this is used to establish targets for future learning.