What is the EYFS?
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a discrete time in a child's development. It has it's own curriculum from birth to 5 years. Through play and exploration your child will be learning new skills, acquiring new knowledge, developing their understanding and their social skills through the EYFS curriculum. The Foundation Stage covers 17 strands in 7 areas of development and learning. These are the three prime areas which are focused upon more heavily initially. These 3 areas are essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.
As your child grows and develops, these prime areas will support them to develop skills and knowledge in the 4 specific areas.
Below is a link to a Parents Guide to the EYFS.
What does the EYFS look like at Walkeringham Primary School?
Mrs Horton is the class teacher and Mrs Wilkinson is the teaching assistant in Class F. Mrs Wilkinson is the Key Worker for the FS1 children and Mrs Horton is the Key Worker for the FS2/Reception children.
We have a purpose built classroom and a large outdoor area. We also have access to a hall and nature garden, trim trail and school field/playground. We offer a fixed arrangement of 30 hours provision for 3 year olds.
The curriculum is based upon the EYFS curriculum and assessed with the use of a document called Development Matters. We aim to provide a creative and rigorous curriculum that prepares our children well for the challenges of Year 1. All of our children are treated as individuals and adjustments are made to their needs and interests. We use Letters and Sounds as our approach to teaching phonics in FS1 and FS2. In literacy in FS2 we also do some Talk for Writing. We learn to do joined up handwriting from the beginning of FS2, if appropriate. Every term we hold progress meetings with parents/carers and discuss their child's progress in all 17 areas of learning. Each child has a progress tracker in their Learning Journey which is available to parents/carers at any time.
We have carefully planned transition for both parents and children into school, which is tailored to a child's needs. We operate an open door policy with our parents/carers and they are welcome into the classroom on a daily basis to work with their children for a few minutes every morning and we are available at lunch times and after school to speak with. Every child has their own Learning Journey which is added to half termly and can be shared with their parents/carers at any time. Each child has an 'Adventure Book', to record any activities they experience out of school, so they can share them with their friends and teachers. We invite parents/carers in to observe phonics lessons, watch concerts and for all kinds of special events and trips. We have a system set up for communicating with our local childminders, to ensure continuity in the children's learning. Our relationships with parents and carers is of extremely high importance to us and enables us to make the best provision for each child.