The Early Years Foundation Stage at St Agnes Catholic Primary School
Children in our nursery and reception classes follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This lays a secure foundation for future learning that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child. At St Agnes’ we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and have their own learning styles. They learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. There is a mixture of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities. Children are taught the social skills of sharing and caring, following instructions and are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills.
What will my child learn?
- There are three Prime Areas of learning and development:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- These prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
- Children are also supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
How will my child learn and make progress?
All our children have access to a stimulating and challenging environment that has a strong emphasis on learning through play and first hand experiences. Our planning is based on the principle that children learn most effectively when they are interested and motivated by the activities they engage with. Throughout the day children are developing their social, physical and language skills and are supported by the adults in the EYFS team.
Children are encouraged at times to make choices about:
- Where they learn – inside or outside
- Who they learn with – an adult or other children
- What they do – choosing their own activity, toys, resources
This all helps your child to develop their independence, confidence and relationships with others. Adults support children by talking with them, working with them, playing with them, asking questions and making suggestions, which supports their language development and their self -confidence.
Children’s individual interests are used as a basis for our planning. A balance of planned adult-led activities and child- initiated activities ensures developmentally appropriate differentiation and challenge. The adults plan a wide range of exciting activities to develop children’s learning. Activities take place inside and outside. Each day the children take part in whole class sessions and adult- led focused sessions where they work closely with small groups of children on a particular skill, such as reading and early writing.
How do the teachers know what my child is learning?
Through working with and talking to the children, adults in EYFS keep a track of children’s learning and know what they need to learn next. Teachers observe the children at play and sometimes take photographs of them, which are kept as a record of progress over time. We use Tapestry, an online learning journey to build a record of your child’s experiences, development and learning. You will be able to view online your child’s progress and how much fun they are having, whilst also uploading your own comments and media.
How can I find out how my child is progressing?
In the Autumn and Spring terms, we have parent consultations where you can meet with your child’s teacher to discuss his or her progress and how you can support their learning at home. At the end of the year, you will receive a written report on your child’s progress and attainment during the year.
There may be times when the teacher asks to speak to you about your child’s progress or behaviour. If this is the case, you will be offered strategies to help support your child’s development and progress.
There will be some things your child does not show us at school!
Please tell your child’s teacher if your child has a special interest, or talent, or does something amazing that we can celebrate or build upon!
Children are often very different at home and at school and it is important that we share information to develop a full picture of each child.