Learning in EYFS
Our intent for Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Glaisdale Primary School is to inspire, engage and enthuse our pupils to be active learners every day so that they become confident and independent thinkers. It is important that our children feel happy, safe, secure and cared for within an enabling and nurturing environment. Before children start at Glaisdale School, our staff make regular visits to nursery settings throughout the year to help build valuable relationships with the children, making the transition to school seamless and enjoyable. Glaisdale School is at the heart of the community and we take part in many community events, giving children a sense of belonging and understanding of their locality. Our high-quality provision areas both indoors and outdoors ignite curiosity and enthusiasm and promote the development of skills needed to learn, form relationships and thrive. These areas include construction, mud kitchen, role play, sand and water and many more which the children are involved in creating. High aspirations are instilled in our pupils from a very early age and pupils self-belief and ownership of learning allow them to take risk and develop resilience.
Our aim on leaving Reception is that children are:
- Confident learners, who are resilient and willing to take risks.
- Positive about their learning and are able to self-regulate.
- Able to effectively express themselves.
- Able to form positive relationships and work collaboratively with others.
Our approach is implemented through our play-based curriculum which follows the EYFS curriculum. All areas of the EYFS curriculum are followed and planned for ‘in the moment’ to ensure there is a broad, balanced and progressive learning environment and curriculum. The children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate understanding through the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Learning centres around the Characteristics of Effective Learning and our little learners are encouraged to explore, take an active part in their learning, and use their creative and critical thinking through a range of purposeful and engaging activities, both indoors and outdoors. The children particularly enjoy our Forest School sessions in the local woods where they explore nature and learn many life skills. We love to learn through play and activities are based around the children’s interests and fascinations so that children have ownership of their learning. Play is enhanced through meaningful interactions with highly effective practitioners to ensure that the development of the whole child is supported and extended. All adults in EYFS are highly skilled at furthering the children’s development through open ended questioning and they have excellent knowledge of the children’s next steps so that they can facilitate opportunities and extend learning within the moment that is personal to each child. The provision both indoors and outdoors encourages independence so that children can access and select a range of creative materials, from clay to construction! Loose parts provision supports the children’s creativity and imagination through carefully selected and versatile objects. We also promote a language rich environment which enables children to communicate and express themselves effectively, and as a result grow in self-confidence.
The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally. We measure the percentage of pupils achieving age related expectations throughout the academic year, put supportive interventions in place if and when needed. Class teachers use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning for adult-led activities and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace. This ensures that children make good progress from their starting points. The impact of our Early Years approach is that children become independent and curious thinkers who carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens.
In Early Years, we have a rigorous approach to phonics teaching. Children work together with targeted support. We use ‘Read, Write, Inc’ to inform our planning and a large variety of practical activities, both inside and outdoors. Each phonics adult-led session comprises of four parts: revisit/review; teach; practise and apply. This ensures that children make rapid progress. Each child has a phonics pack and a Read Write Inc book that they take home to support their early reading skills. Their reading books link to the Phonics sound they are being taught and they can choose a library book to read for pleasure. We enjoy daily story time sessions where we enjoy books together and promote a love of reading.
Mathematics in Early Years at Glaisdale is based around the White Rose Mathematics programme of study. This is taught through a range of planned and structured play situations, both independent, and supported by teachers as play partners, where there is plenty of scope for exploration. Not a moment is wasted throughout the day, as Maths is emphasised in all aspects of the daily routine e.g. snack-time /lining up etc. Maths through real-life and meaningful experiences, using practical hands-on resources is key here.
Parents as Partners
We value parents as partners in the children’s learning and use the secure online learning journey Tapestry to record photos, observations and comments. Tapestry is used to celebrate children’s achievements both in school and at home. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning inside and outside of the classroom on a daily basis and it builds up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.
Woodwork at Glaisdale supports Reception children across the 7 areas of learning and development. For example, in communication and language, children learn new vocabulary, listening to and learning from other children; in personal social emotional development, children's self-confidence develops; in physical development, children work on their gross and fine motor skills; in expressive art and design, using tools with care in a creative way; and in maths, children develop their spatial reasoning.