Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
A warm welcome to our EYFS Classes page 2018/2019.
Our classes are Sunshine and Sunbeam classes.
The reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child will develop a love for learning which they will carry with them for the rest of their school journeys. We provide a nurturing and exciting learning environment to give all of our children the opportunity to grow and develop into happy and confident learners. We understand that children learn best when they are interested and intrigued. Therefore, we do not follow set topics, we take the children’s lead and allow them to choose where their learning will take them!
If you have any problems or queries, no matter how small, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the team who will be happy to help you.
In our reception classes, children will build on their pre-school and home experiences and take part in a wide variety of multi-sensory activities in both the inside and outdoor classrooms. Learning opportunities are planned predominately around the children’s interests, wants and needs. This allows us to provide individualised learning for each child. We provide many practical experiences too such as forest school, baking, role play, sand and water and physical play. Alongside this there will be regular phonics, maths and reading sessions. We provide a balance between teacher and child led activities and in addition we arrange both visits and visitors to help enrich the curriculum.
The EYFS Framework (2012) explains how and what children in our EYFS will be learning to support their development. Our EYFS pupils learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for helping their capacity to learn.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are then four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We will ensure that:
- teaching and learning activities engage and motivate children to learn, and foster their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
- there are focused activities to support, develop and extend children’s learning at their own pace
- children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas, thoughts and opinions about their play activities
- activities are extended/modified according to what the children like/find tricky
- there are strong links between home and school
- parental partnership in their children’s learning is recognised, valued and developed.
Follow the links to read the EYFS statutory framework and development matters:
Assessment in the EYFS is carried out through informal observations of the children participating in a range of activities and is recorded through ‘Tapestry’ – an online learning journal.
Please click here to find out more about Tapestry.
At Red Rose Primary School we have been running our Forest School programme for several years. The programme is delivered to our younger children as part of our the Early Years curriculum. For more information about the Forest School programme, please click here.
Support for Phonics
Here are some resources to support the learning of phonics. In reception, we are mainly looking at phases 1 to 3, but all of the phases are outlined here for your information.