Our EYFS department is the final stage of the Early Years journey that our children began in nursery and pre-school settings. We follow the play based curriculum which children are familiar with from our feeder settings. This is progressively strengthened to challenge every child to strive towards excellence in achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception.
We have two inspiring classrooms, a garden and an outdoor space. Mrs McLintock and Mrs Brereton teach in the Rainbow Room and Mrs Borman and Mrs Marchant teach in the Sunshine Room. (Mrs Marchant is on maternity leave at the moment so is being covered by Mrs Rowland.) Each class is supported by a Teaching Assistant each day.
Our EYFS team are experienced in supporting our youngest learners on their transition into school, and we ensure each child’s transition is as smooth as possible. We liaise with all pre-schools during the Summer Term and visit each child and their family at home in the week prior to starting school.
Once the children are settled well into school, we introduce our daily routines:
As the children come into school in the morning, after self-registering and organising their belongings, they are encouraged to settle to our independent Morning Missions. These are often fine motor, letter formation or simple number or investigation activities.
During Morning Missions time, one group of children per day takes part in a guided reading session with the teacher which supports and builds on each child’s learning in phonics.
We teach phonics daily in Reception and follow Letters and Sounds. These sessions include the introduction of a new sound and tricky words, learning how to blend (sound out) words and segment (spell) words.
Daily Whole Class Teaching
In addition to our daily phonics sessions, we teach a whole class Literacy or topic based session every morning and a Mathematics session every afternoon.
Our children experience learning through a balance of adult led activities and learning through their independent play. Adult led activities cover all aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Adults support children’s independent play either by playing with the children or providing resources to extend their learning. Children are encouraged to complete independent challenge activities which support their next steps in learning.
In addition to fine and gross motor provision within the environment both inside and out during busy times, children look forward to our daily ‘Big Toys’ session on the playground. This provides all children with the opportunity to take risks through activities such as digging, riding bikes, balancing, climbing, throwing and catching.