In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually and emotionally, in order to enable them to develop their full potential.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The Early Years curriculum is made up of 7 areas of learning-
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Language and Communication
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design.
The Early Years unit was built in 2016 and is made up of 3 classrooms, a shared creative area and an outdoor classroom. The Reception team plan an exciting and challenging curriculum which is based on observations of children’s needs, interests and stages of development across the seven areas of learning. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.
Staff have developed strong relationships with local nurseries. In the summer term, members of the Reception Team visit nurseries to gain an insight into children’s prior experiences. New parents are also invited into school in July to attend story sessions and to meet their child’s new teacher. Parents are also given the opportunity to sign up for a home visit which allows children to meet the staff in their home environment as well giving parents the opportunity to talk with the team.