Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities to support their social and emotional development.
At Foresters Primary our Early Years curriculum is designed to recognise and build on children’s prior learning. We value the varied life experiences that children bring to us, encouraging children and their families to share their experiences and promote diversity. We provide a safe, active and purposeful learning environment both indoors and outdoors. We encourage the development of a lifelong love of learning and enable each child to reach their full potential.
Aims of the EYFS:
- To make the child’s first experience of school happy, positive and fun.
- To ensure that all children feel secure and valued.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum by well planned activities and lessons covering the 7 areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- To provide a rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environment
- To establish positive relationships with parents.
- To foster love of learning, enquiring minds and the ability to discuss, adapt and negotiate.
- To value children’s interests providing a balance of direct teaching and child initiated activities.
- To make careful observations and set targets to support and extend the children’s learning appropriately.
- To help children develop self-control and to respect the feelings, needs, cultures and abilities of others.
- To develop key skills in early, communication literacy and numeracy that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
- To ensure that children with special educational needs are identified and receive appropriate support.
Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)
The Reception Baseline Assessment is essential for building a fairer progress measure for primary schools. It is an assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to pupils attending Reception classes.
Your child will be participating in the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting Reception.
The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help Parents/ Carers to understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between Reception and Year 6 / the end of Key Stage 2.
What is the RBA?
The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021.
For more information please see the guidance for Parents/ Carers and speak to your class teacher if you have any further questions.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
At the end of the academic year when a child turns 5, the practitioner records each child’s development by watching the child playing and in the classroom. The completed assessment is known as the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Profile’. This is used to help the Year 1 teacher plan lessons for the children.
Phonics in the EYFS
At Foresters Primary we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds as our Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.
Please use the following link to find out more and gain access to free resources: