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Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Our Foundation Stage consists of a twenty six place morning nursery class and a thirty place reception class.  We have a great team of staff in the setting who work closely to meet the needs of all of the children in our care, providing a safe, stimulating and positive learning environment. 

 

Our classroom is zoned into different themed areas to support independent learning.  We have a roleplay area, healthy snack zone, messy area, a malleable area, sand and water, a writing station, creation station, computer access, small world, construction, cosy reading corner, music area, fine motor table, maths area, reflection space, sensory area and last but not least an atelier or loose parts area. 

 

During 'busy times' the children move freely around the space accessing all areas independently.  There is also freeflow access to our outdoor space where the children can challenge themselves physically as well as support the learning that happens indoors.  Throughout the day children will be encouraged to join in with teacher and adult led activities as well as focused maths, shared read and phonics sessions. The adults also find opportunities to follow the children's interests as well as use an 'objective-led' approach where focused objectives are taken into the children's play.

 

We use the children's ideas to help us plan our topics and always respond to events within the school, community and news to ensure children have a broad and balanced learning experience.  We aim to provide children with lots of 'real life' learning opportunities and make the most of our immediate surroundings, practical resources as well as special visitors and experiences to enhnce learning. 

 

We are always observing the children to gain evidence for assessments and use this information to plan individual 'next steps' in learning. We use 'Tapestry', the online learning journey to record observations and celebrate and share children's achievements and successes.    Our 'stay and play' and 'stay and read' sessions are the perfect opportunity for sharing the children's learning journeys and for encouraging parents to contribute to them using our 'wow stars'.  We also encourage parents to comment on 'Tapestry' observations as well as share and celebrate children's experiences at home.  Our weekly 'week ahead's' and 'chat challenges' are the perfect way to keep parents up to date with what the children will be experiencing and learning each week as well as giving ideas and suggestions for parents to continue the learning at home. 

 

We are always evolving and looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the children's learning experience.  This year we are looking forward to continuing to use the 'novel approach' in our planning as well as finding more opportunities to follow children's interests.  We will be using some fantastic ideas relating to 'reciprocal reading' to encourage the children to think carefully about the stories they hear and read.  We will be encouraging children to develop a 'growth mindset' and will be asking them to think their character development using our character heroes and powers! (to find out more about this visit the 'growth mindset' and 'character education' section on the website). 

 

 

 

 

Promoting Engagement and Communication and Language

As a Foundation Stage this year we have placed a high emphasis on engagement, with the aim to further develop children's communication and language and experiences of life in general.  We have invited in visitors, provided experiences and 'wow starter' introductions to our new stories to all help engage the children and ignite a love for learning.  We have been sending home 'chat challenges' to encourage children to talk about what they see, experience and feel at home. 

Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language

Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  1 Wow Starter - Injured dog, What should we do?
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  2
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  3 A visit from the nurse and a hygiene experiment.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  4 A Christmas pantomine.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  5 A visit from a Police Officer.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  6
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  7 African drumming workshop
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  8 Diwali dance
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  9 A visit from the Fire Service.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  10
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  11 Animal handling to enhance The Gruffalo story
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  12 Snakes!
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  13 Fluffy rabbits!
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  14 Leaping lizards!
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  15
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  16 Wow starter - Is the Gruffalo in the woods?
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  17 Where has this fur come from?
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  18 Who does this footprint belong to?
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  19 The Gruffalo!
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  20 The Gruffalo!
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  21 Exploring in the pond.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  22 Bikeability sessions.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  23
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  24 Rugby Ed to promote the rugby world cup.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  25 Developing our planting area in the garden.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  26 We planted a bulb each for Mother's Day.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  27 We love to cook regularly in Foundation Stage.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  28 Talking and learning about road safety.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  29 A visit to the local park.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  30 Looking for wildlife on our local walk.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  31 Exploring pattern in our Atelier area.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  32 Forest schools
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  33 Den building during forest school.
Engagement and Promoting Communication and Language  34 Teamwork!

Promoting Writing

As a Foundation stage we are committed to promoting the development of children's writing.  We find as many opportunities for children to mark make and write in all areas of the classroom and outdoors.   We have planned shared write sessions as well as targeted sessions where groups of children may need additional support and encouragement to write. We have recently completed a 'writing audit' and have looked for ways to promote and engage children in all areas of the classroom, indoors and outdoors.   We have added more writing props and prompts for example in our construction area where we have modelled drawing and labelling models made.  We have set up a space for children to save their models by writing signs such as 'do not break!'.   We are planning in more time to model writing in our roleplay area, for example writing shopping lists, train tickets, prescriptions etc

From the audit, we noticed that some children, especially some of our summer born boys only choose to write when directed by an adult.  We have planned in time to target these children by tapping into their interests and support them in their writing.  We will be using an 'objective-led' approach to writing where adults will be taking writing objectives into the children' splay. 

The reception children have been using their 'writing steps to success' to help them find ways to independently support their writing. 

 

Picture 1 Child initiated...an invite to McDonalds!
Picture 2 Designing models
Picture 3 Inspired by a book.....child initiated 'socktopus!
Picture 4 Child initiated.....Inspired by Goldilocks.

Every day we celebrate writing and mark making with a 'writer of the day!'.

Letter to parents - Writing focus and examples of age related expecatation of writing.

Our Reception writing 'Steps to Sucess'.

Promoting Writing.

Promoting Writing. 1 Fine motor activities and 'Funky Fingers'.
Promoting Writing. 2 Mark making in the creative area.
Promoting Writing. 3 Writing together.
Promoting Writing. 4 Writing to support phonics.
Promoting Writing. 5 Letters to teh tooth fairy.
Promoting Writing. 6 'Super' writing area!
Promoting Writing. 7 Writer of the day.
Promoting Writing. 8 Construction area designs.
Promoting Writing. 9 Solving problems in the construction area.
Parent Workshops
Every term we hold a parents workshop to explain how we teach certain areas of learning in EYFS.  Children of the parents who attend then join us for some practical, fun ways to give ideas about how parents can support children at home. 
Picture 1 Phonics fun!
Picture 2 Smartie maths home challenge.
Picture 3 Smartie maths home challenge.
Picture 4 Smartie maths home challenge.
Picture 5 Smartie maths home challenge.
Picture 6 Phonics fun!
Picture 7 Phonics fun!
Picture 8 Phonics fun!
Picture 9 Maths workshop
Physical Development
In EYFS we recognise the importance of children's physical development.  We have planned PE sessions as well as free flow access to our outdoor space. We recently audited our outdoor provision to ensure that resources promote physical development and encourage the use of gross motor skills which will in turn enhance fine motor.  We are thinking 'big' and aim not to recreate what is available indoors, outdoors. 
Picture 1 Challenging ourselves!
Picture 2
Picture 3 Building strong muscles by digging.
Picture 4 Developing strong shoulders.
Picture 5 Lots of opportunities for maths talk too!
Picture 6 Using our imagination...can you see a car?
Picture 7 Riding the balance bikes
Picture 8 Developing ball skills
Picture 9 Building obstacle courses
Picture 10 Having fun in PE lessons in Reception
Picture 11 Having fun in PE lessons in Reception

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