Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In our Reception class, we follow the national guidance for all children aged 0-5 years, as do our colleagues in the Pre-School.
The guidance is based on 4 key principles, which are:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The national guidance goes on to describe the 7 key areas of learning as follows:
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology
At St George’s, we are proud of the relationships we have with our children and we are careful to ensure that each child’s next unique learning steps are planned for and that the children are well supported on their learning journey.
At the heart of our classroom practice is the balance of adult led activities supporting the learning of new skills and concepts, which we then see children being able to apply in their independent play. Play and exploration are recognised as the key methods for young children to explore their world, learn about relationships and to rehearse skills they have learnt in ‘real contexts’. Activities such as playing in our role play area or leading a collaborative number game with friends gives opportunity for the development of these skills.
Our classrooms and school environment, alongside excellent relationships, ensure that the children can thrive, explore, question and take safe risks. St George’s children are truly engaged and motivated learners!
Supporting your child at home
As a parent you are your child’s very first teacher! In school, we strive to develop excellent relationships with the children and this includes developing excellent relationships with parents, too. To ensure your child’s happiness, well-being and development, we believe that we should work in partnership. It is always a pleasure to receive parental feedback, so please tell us about your child’s interests and achievements outside of school. We aim to ensure that our activities address your child’s interests and needs, and your input, either verbally or through home-school notes, help us to match learning opportunities to what best motivates your child.
Staff are available to talk before and after school. If you want to ask a question, perhaps about supporting your child’s reading or about their progress or friendships, we are more than happy to spend some time with you. No question is unimportant.
We are committed to ensuring that you are kept well informed about what is happening in school and to support you when talking to your child at home. Please take some time to look at the Curriculum Map for EYFS so you are aware of our half-termly topics and foci in each area.
Snacks and drinks in school
All of the infant children at St George’s benefit from the Government’s free Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Each day a piece of seasonal fruit or vegetable is provided for the children for their daily snack. The children regularly have carrots, apples, pears, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, baby cucumbers, satsumas, bananas and raisins. Please ensure that the school is kept informed about any allergies.
In class, children are encouraged to drink freely from their water bottles to water their brains and keep them busy for longer!