The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. The EYFS has four themes. These are:
Within the theme of learning and development there are seven areas.
All areas are connected to one another and are equally important.
These seven learning and development areas are:
The provision of the curriculum ensures that children experience a full range of learning opportunities including child initiated, teacher directed and group learning. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors.
Reading and writing are taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and is supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree).
Children are assessed throughout their time in the foundation stage
through observations, conversations and photographs. Parents, staff and the children themselves all contribute to the assessment process. In the nursery class the developmental phases are used for assessment purposes and the foundation stage profile (FSP) in reception.
The children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. The transition from reception to year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where year 1 children learn through play and have daily access to outside activities which continues to use the principles of the EYFS to develop the child’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the FSP to build an accurate picture of children’s learning and progress and then move on to the National Curriculum assessment levels. All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on termly themes with children exploring subject knowledge through an overarching topic.
English and mathematics are taught daily and children also receive daily guided reading sessions. Literacy is taught across the phase through the Literacy Frameworks.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star). Children who are gifted and talented and those with additional educational needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of learning support assistants (LSAs).
At the end of KS1 the children are assessed to report their National Curriculum attainment levels in speaking and listening, reading, writing, mathematics and science.
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