Early Years’ Foundation Stage
The staff in the Early Years Foundation stage are passionate about our Early Years’ vision and what it stands for. We believe our vision is embedded in our everyday practise within our environment, both indoors in our airy classrooms as well as the outside learning environment and our extensive school grounds.
All of our classes throughout the Early Years, from Pre – Nursery to Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This curriculum covers 7 areas of development, catering for the different age bands that are developmental, allowing for individual progress, from birth to 5 years of age.
Please note: all children attending classes within our EYFS are eligible for the F.E.E.E from the start of the term following their third Birthday until they turn five. (A child receives funding for the term in which they have their fifth birthday)
We have high adult / child ratios in our three Reception classes. The structure of the Reception day builds on from the structure of the Nursery routine. The children have three directed teaching times: a focus activity – which is mostly topic or skill related, a phonics lesson and a maths lesson. All of these lessons are cross curricular linked as much as possible to make their learning “real “. The children enjoy a good balance of teacher directed time with their own Child initiated work time, where we encourage them to use the skills they have learnt at school, independently, either inside or outside. The outside learning environment is an extension of our classrooms and we use our extensive school grounds and local wooded ravine during our weekly forest school excursions.
Children in Reception also benefit from specialist teachers delivering extra lessons in French, music, PE and swimming every week, which enhances our wider curriculum.
By the time the children have come through our Nursery and Reception classes, we hope they will be creative and inquisitive little beings who make links between their learning and have the confidence to always “have a go”, but most of all, enjoy achieving what they have set out to do.