Early Years

We think it is important that our youngest children are encouraged to learn in an environment that enables them to make choices and to assume responsibility for their learning by following their

interests and enthusiasms.

The Early Years Statutory Framework is utilised to support an integrated approach to the learning, development and care of the children. In our Early Years Foundation Stage the three prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

We place great emphasis on these three areas as it is important that we ignite our children’s curiosity, encourage their enthusiasms and build their capacity to learn, to form relationships and to thrive.

These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the four specific areas of:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Our Early Years Foundation Stage children are taught with a group of Year 1 children in Class 1. The classroom enables both adult directed and child- led learning to take place, indoors and outdoors. Resources are easily accessible and children are encouraged to develop their autonomy.

Planning includes the delivery of a themed approach to learning through topics, selected by both teacher and children.

Trips to the local environment and further afield take place to provide the children with purposeful contexts to augment the children’s learning experiences.

Daily Routines

The children in Class 1 follow a daily routine which allows the teacher to plan learning opportunities that best meet the needs of the children and that focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and number work. Routines include children self- registering, selecting books to read at home as well as Monster Challenges which are planned to progress the children’s skills and understanding.

Phonics-the teaching of letter sounds to read and to write-is taught daily. Children are explicitly taught the skills of blending (putting the letter sounds together to read words) and of segmenting (separating letter sounds to spell).  We use the Read Write Inc resources, including the ‘Get Writing’ booklets.

When using RWI to read the children will:
  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

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Parents as Partners

We value parents as partners and emphasise the importance of home and school working together. Parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress by being invited to access their child’s Learning Journey, through Tapestry,  which details a child’s learning across the Early Years curriculum.  They can also add to this and upload photographs and comments.