We believe that The Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing firm foundations that children can continue to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to develop their full, unique potential. With this in mind, we begin each new school year by looking at the individual needs of our children and, taking into account their different starting points, we then carefully develop our flexible EYFS Curriculum, which enables them to follow the path of their learning journey at a point that is suitable for their unique needs and stage of development.
From 1st September 2021, all early years providers must follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. We were lucky to have been early adopters of this framework in September 2020 and we have worked hard to create our own curriculum in line with the new framework. Our curriculum is flexible and allows us to tailor our provision to the needs of our children. We strive to create a highly stimulating environment with child-accessible resources and provide rich, challenging learning opportunities through play and imaginative teaching, both indoors and outdoors. Each area of provision is carefully planned for, taking into consideration how children learn and what they need to enable them to become experts! We have high expectations of all children and pride ourselves in our inclusive environment.
With the new changes having specific focus in early communication and language skills, we ensure that our provision is rich in text and provides all children with opportunities to talk, learn and understand language. We use stories as our teaching focus to allow us to develop children’s imaginations, language skills and ensure a lifelong love for reading.
Our curriculum enables the children to develop skills in all 7 areas;
-Communication and language
-Personal, Social and emotional development
-Understanding the world
-Expressive arts and design
Positive, Effective Partnerships.
We believe in strong partnerships between staff, children, parents/carers and the wider community. We have effective relationships with private child-care settings, our school nursing team, speech & language therapists and many other external providers.
We provide many opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their child’s learning at home and at school. We value parents/carers knowledge and understanding about their children and work together to make sure every child reaches their full learning potential.
Look out for some new pictures on our Class Dojo as the children explore their learning environment! We use Class Dojo as a way of sharing successes with parents and carers. It is also used for parents and carers to share with us the wonderful things the children have been doing out of school too! We are so very proud of all of our children and we love to celebrate their achievements whether it be learning to fasten their own coat, ride a bike or scooter outdoors or be able to create a masterpiece in the creative area!
Our children will grow and develop significantly over their time in EYFS; it truly is a wonderful journey to be part of.
Welcome to Nursery
Please click on the link below to find out what Nursery is up to! If you require any further information about our curriculum, please contact school.
We teach phase 1 phonics in Nursery to prepare the children to become excellent readers and we use the Launchpad for literacy approach within the setting which enhances our language rich environment.
Welcome to Reception
Miss Norlund, Miss Williams, Mrs Osborne & Miss Coleman
Please click on the link below to find out what Reception is up to! If you require any further information about our curriculum, please contact school.
As a school we follow Little Wandle letters and sounds revised as our chosen phonics scheme. Little Wandle is a secure, systematic progression in phonics learning. The programme overview is used to map expected progress and new GPCs and tricky words are taught in the same order as the progression. As children blend to read and segment to spell books are sent home weekly and this is matched to the child’s phonic stage that they can read independently and be fully decodable. It is important that children have plenty of practice reading at home in order to become fluent, confident readers. To ensure that reading at home is an enjoyable experience and does not feel like a chore, your child will be able to read 95% of the words in the books we send home. These books are at the right level for your child to develop fluency and are not ‘too easy’.
We follow White Rose Hub for our Maths scheme of learning. White Rose Hub allows us to create lessons that incorporate key mathematical concepts which can be revisited and developed further across the year. This scheme of learning has been divided into ten phases and provides opportunity to develop the understanding number, shape, measure and spatial thinking.
Lingfield Education Trust
We work closely with the other Trust schools and their Early Years Staff to ensure that we are clear in our expectations for the children in the Trust. Please see the ‘Trust Ready’ documents for Nursery and Reception.
For further information on ‘What to expect in the EYFS’ please click here.