“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage September 2012
What does Early Years Foundation Stage mean?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) refers to children from birth to five years of age. We do not have a nursery on site and so our Foundation Stage is for Reception age children only.
How will my child learn in the Foundation Stage?
At Park Lane we want to help our pupils to be effective and motivated learners. We recognise just how important it is to support the child as they engage with other people and their environment. Play and exploration is central to development and learning. Each area of learning and development will be encouraged through planned, purposeful play. Some of this will be adult led, at other times the adult will just initiate the play. There will also be opportunity for child initiated learning both indoors and outdoors. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others.
How is the EYFS organised?
The areas of learning are organised into 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.
The Prime areas are as follows: Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.
These fundamental areas of development work together to support development in all other areas.
The Specific areas are as follows: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design.
These areas include the essential skills and knowledge children need to participate successfully in society.
At KS1 (Year 1 + Year 2) we follow the National Curriculum.
How is the curriculum organised?
Many subjects are taught through a topic themed approach to help engage the children and make relevant links between subjects. Children are taught in a variety of different groupings throughout the day. This may include being taught as part of the class, in mixed or same ability groups of different sizes and 1:1 teaching. Helping our children become independent learners is also seen as key and the school ensures that there is always time for this. Phonics and Maths are sometimes taught in ability sets so your child may be taught by a different teacher.
How will I know my child is making progress?
Assessment plays an important part in celebrating children progress, understanding their needs and planning activities and support. On-going assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. It involves practitioners observing children to understand their level of achievement, interest and learning styles, and to then shape learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations.
There are two parents evenings scheduled each year when you will be informed of your child’s achievements, their progress and attitude to learning. We will discuss with you whether your child is on track to achieve the end of year group expectations. However, if we have concerns about any aspect of your child’s life at school, then we will discuss this with you as it arises.
An end of year report will detail the academic achievement made by your child and a general overall comment about your child’s personality and contribution to school life. Reports for Year 1 children contain their phonics screening test result and statutory tests in Year 2 are used to inform the end of key stage 1 achievements.
What do I do if I want to know more?
If you have any questions do not hesitate to talk to your child’s class teacher or Miss Coughlin who will be able to provide support with any other aspect of your child’s learning.
Key Supporting Documentation.