Nursery staff are: Miss Younge and Miss Gregory and Miss Austen
Reception staff are: Mrs Leigh and Miss Thompson and Mrs Moss
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Welcome to out Foundation Stage Page here you will find out more information about the things that we do in our Foundation Stage classes.
At St. Clements’ C of E Primary School, we are very proud of the quality of education, provision and care that we provide for our children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Over the last few years, we have worked tirelessly to develop and improve our practice and provision to enable our children to grow into happy, confident and independent learners. The positive impact of this can be seen in the increase of children leaving our reception class achieving a “Good level of Development”. Key areas which have been developed include outdoor learning, parental links, enhancing the high quality learning environment, improving transition procedures and the improvement of literacy outcomes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework
Teaching in the EYFS setting at St. Clements C of E Primary School is delivered in accordance with the government ’statutory document ’The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. Educational programmes which practitioners deliver in the setting involve activities and experiences from one of the following seven areas. These are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design.
These Areas of Learning and Development address children’s physical, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development. No one aspect of development stands in isolation from the others as all Areas of Learning and Development are closely interlinked. This ensures the delivery of a holistic, child-centred curriculum which allows children to make lots of links between what they are learning.
Active Learning through Play
At St. Clements’ we recognise that young children learn best when they are active. We understand that active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve children for sustained periods. Therefore, we believe that Early Years education should be as practical as possible and our EYFS setting has an ethos of learning through play.
Play is a powerful motivator encouraging children to be creative and to develop their ideas, understanding and language. Play is also flexible and able to suit the preferred learning style of the child. We believe it can provide multiple ways for children to learn a variety of different skills and concepts. Practitioners plan learning and play activities carefully. We ensure that weekly objectives feed directly and seamlessly into whole class, adult led sessions and child initiated indoor and outdoor opportunities. Planning highlights where children are in their learning journey. Activities are planned indoors and outdoors to allow children to explore, learn, practise, apply and deepen their understanding of skills.
The Learning Environment
The EYFS classroom is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are specific areas where the children can be active, quiet, creative and so on.
Children have access to both inside and outside area across the day; this has a positive effect on the children’s development. Both reception and nursery classes have their own undercover outdoor classroom area as well as access to a large outdoor area. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and in different scales than when indoors. The children can explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. All areas of the curriculum can be explored outside. Teaching and learning is planned for outside and in all weathers through focussed group activities where skills can be further practised and consolidated and through independent learning opportunities.
Parents as Partners
At St. Clements’ we recognise the importance of establishing positive relationships with parents, as highlighted by the EYFS framework. We understand that an effective partnership between school and home will have a positive impact on children’s learning and development and we value the role of parents as children’s primary educators. We encourage parents to share their unique knowledge of their child, providing further insight into the child as an individual (e.g. characteristics, interests, experiences, likes, dislikes). This supports practitioners in establishing interesting and stimulating learning experiences, responding to children’s needs and interests. Parents and carers encouraged to access and add to their child’s online learning journey where they can keep up to date with their child’s progress and achievements in school. This tool also allows parents to share examples of learning observed at home. Parents and carers can also feedback to practitioners at “VIP” meetings. Parent and carers are informed of their child’s next steps in learning and how they can they can support at home. These meetings occur on a 5/6 weekly cycle provides a valuable opportunity for the sharing of information between staff and parents and carers.
Parents are given opportunities during the year to attend sessions to gain information and advice on how to support their child at home in key areas of reading, writing, phonics and mathematics. Many of these sessions are interactive and children participate with their parent/carers in the activities that are shared. In addition, parents attend weekly rhyme time and reading sessions, class assemblies and celebrations. In nursery we offer a transition programme where parent/carers can attend fun learning sessions with their children to support them in gaining and understanding key skills. Successful workshops have included our nursery rhyme and playdough making sessions. At St. Clements’ we are pleased and encouraged by the level of parental involvement in our EYFS and the positive relationships we have established with our parent/carers. We are confident that this will continue as we work to develop further ways to promote this.
Safeguarding & Welfare
‘Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.’
(Statutory Framework for EYFS 2014)
At St. Clements C of E Primary School, we understand that we are legally required to comply with welfare requirements as stated in the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage 2014.
- To provide a setting that is welcoming, safe and stimulating where children can grow in confidence;
- Promote good health;
- Manage behaviour effectively in a manner appropriate for the children’s stage of development and individual needs
- To ensure that all adults who look after the children, or who have unsupervised access to them, are suitable to do so;
- Ensure that the setting, furniture and equipment is safe and suitable for the purpose it was intended for;
- Maintain records, policies and procedures required for the safe efficient management of the setting and to meet the needs of the children.
Keeping Safe – It is important to us that all children in the school are ‘safe’. We aim to educate children on boundaries, rules and limits and to help them understand why they exist. We provide children with choices to help them develop this important life skill. We encourage children to take risks and highlight the importance of keeping themselves safe by teaching them how to recognise and avoid hazards. The outdoor environment is particularly effective as a way of promoting risk taking and safety for young children. Activities and opportunities are carefully planned for outside with this in mind.
Half termly risk assessments of the wider environment and resources are carried out. In addition to this, staff work on a rota basis to undertake daily checks of the indoor and outdoor environment and equipment such as sockets and wires and rubbish in the outdoor area. The bathroom and toilet areas are checked regularly throughout the day to ensure they are safe and fit for use. All daily and bathroom checks are recorded.
Good Health – All children are provided with a healthy snack each day as well as being given the choice of milk. They have access to water at all times.
Thanks to the teachers. He has grown and I have too”.