Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in Class R are in the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Transition to school
We aim to make every child’s transition to school as smooth as possible. We have established links with local preschool settings and wherever possible make visits to see children in their preschool and talk to their key workers. In the summer term before they start school we offer children four afternoon sessions where they are welcome to come into the classroom, to meet their peers and school staff and become familiar with the classroom environment. We also offer the opportunity for children to have a school lunch with their parents before starting school. We also offer a home visit where we can further get to know each child and give parents an opportunity to ask any questions they may have prior to their child starting school. There is also a meeting for parents to provide information about our school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum
The children in Class R are working towards the Early Learning Goals in the seven areas of learning of the EYFS curriculum. The Prime Areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development. The Specific Areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. This is through teacher directed activities and opportunities for child initiated learning.
Our planning is closely linked to our observation and assessment of the children and our identification of their next steps of learning. During child initiated learning sessions children are able to ‘freeflow’ indoors or outdoors and access areas of continuous provision such as the sand area, creative area and writing table. These areas are resourced to enable children to make progress in all of the areas of learning and are linked to children’s interests to ensure that they are inviting to the children.
Our themes are directed by the children’s interests to ensure that children are engaged in their learning. Examples of themes covered include Dinosaurs and Toys.
Phonics is taught daily. This equips children with reading and writing skills which they can apply in their teacher directed and own initiated activities. We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics.
Throughout the year we compile a Learning Journey for each child. This charts each child’s progress. We use 2Simple 2 Build a Profile to do this and each child’s Learning Journey is emailed to their parents regularly to keep parents informed about their learning and next steps. Parents are encouraged to contribute to this.
Working with Parents
This starts with our transition process and continues throughout the year. Parents are invited to Parent Consultation meetings, Reading and Phonics meetings, a Learning Together Session and Assemblies. Parents are welcome to come and talk to the class teacher at any time. Each week we provide information on our class page about activities that we have covered that week and this is also communicated through each child’s Home School Link Book. Each child has their own individual reading book to read at home to practise skills taught at school.
Transition to Year One
Before moving to Year One children make visits to their new classroom and meet their new teacher. There is close communication between the Year R and Year One teachers and an individual plan is devised for each child, to ensure that there is a smooth progression into Year One.