WELCOME TO EYFS! At Junction Farm Primary School, we believe that every child deserves the very best. We offer a stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum, which promotes independent learning and curiosity to develop skills to explore the wider world. Children become confident and capable learners, who, by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are ready for Year 1 and the next stage of their education. Our priority is that children are happy, healthy, safe and successful. Our Provision At Junction Farm Primary School we have a Nursery provision and two Reception classes. Nursery runs as a 39 place provision on a morning and 26 place provision on an afternoon. Parents are given opportunity to choose which session their child attends. We endeavour to ensure all preferences are secured. Reception classes are able to take 30 children each. The Learning Environment Both Nursery and Reception environments are designed to ensure all areas of the EYFS curriculum can be nurtured and developed. Children are given the freedom to explore their surroundings and engage in play and investigation based on our termly topics. The environment is attractive, welcoming and stimulating, which encourages children to explore, investigate and learn through ‘hands on’ experiences. Children have access to indoor and outdoor provision, as well as weekly trips to our ‘Forest School’. Children are encouraged to ask questions, find answers and feed their natural curiosity. Staff plan indoor and outdoor activities which are based on the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum. Our learning environments in both Nursery and Reception are divided into book corners, writing and Phonics areas, Mathematics areas, role play, construction, creative, loose parts and curiosity corners. Nursery also has sand and water provision. Our indoor provision is enhanced with changing tuff trays and interest tables based around our topic or focus story. Children are encouraged to become independent, confident learners who gradually initiate their own lines of enquiry and investigation. Our outdoor provision is designed to develop the children’s physical skills, especially their gross motor movements, as well as helping them to learn about the world around them. We have a large sand box, mud kitchen, climbing frame, slide, chatty bench, stage, construction site, outdoor reading area, growing and mini beast area and opportunity for a changing continuous provision based on children’s interests and input. EYFS Curriculum The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning. These areas are subdivided into Prime and Specific areas. At the end of the EYFS children will be ‘graded’ against the Early Learning Goals in the seven areas of learning. Overall there are 17 Early Learning Goals. Children will either be ‘emerging’ or ‘expected’. The Nursery curriculum focusses on the Prime areas of learning initially. These are: Communication and language; Physical development; Personal, social and emotional development. The Prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the Prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; Expressive arts and design. In Reception, the curriculum is designed to focus more on the Specific areas of learning whilst continuing to nurture the children in the Prime areas too. The seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. In Reception, children take part in daily phonics, mathematics and Literacy lessons. These sessions take place each morning. Afternoon provision is based on other areas of the curriculum and opportunity for children to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding through our ‘Rainbow of Possibilities’. Nursery sessions have daily focussed time and teachers will provide activities based on Phonics, Mathematics, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. For those children who need additional support and time to develop their skills, interventions are put in place to ensure they succeed and achieve. In our EYFS, we support children through BLAST, NELI, additional fine motor skill classes, as well as phonic and number interventions. Teachers provide additional support ‘in the moment’, using opportunity throughout the day to further develop understanding and skills. Supporting your Child All activities you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development. Making time to do some of the following things with your child will help them become confident and happy learners. Sing and tell nursery rhymes Share a book Cook/bake together Spend time talking Play together – indoors and outdoors Play memory games e.g. I went to the shop and I bought… Count together, sort colours, talk about numbers in the environment e.g. door numbers, phone numbers Children in Nursery will be encouraged to take story books home to share with an adult. This is an opportunity to share some quality time with your child, talk about pictures, characters, the setting of the story and what might happen next. In Reception, children are given a half termly homework grid. This provides opportunity to investigate, extend and embed knowledge in line with teaching in school. Parents are encouraged to support their child to complete the activities and return any completed tasks to school before the end of the half term. Reading books matching children’s phonic knowledge are sent home at least twice a week and parents are asked to read with their child at least ten minutes a day. Parents are also encouraged to use phoneme frames to support their child’s phonological development. Your Child’s Development Parents and family are a child’s first educator and at Junction Farm, we value the input from the ‘team around the child’. It is important families and school work together to ensure all children are given the best start in life. Parents are invited to share in their child’s online learning journey, ‘Evidence Me’. Staff in school regularly update ‘Evidence Me’ to share with families activities their child has completed in school, providing discussion points at home. The online journey also acts as an informal assessment tool and parents can upload pictures and videos for school staff to view, allowing an insight into children in their own environment out of school. Children are also provided with a paper learning journey where paintings, drawings, mark making and experiences are kept. In Nursery, each child is allocated a Key Worker. Each Key Worker is: Is your main point of contact within the setting Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning Takes a careful note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you and giving ideas as to how to help your child at home. Parents Evenings/ Workshops and support for parents Throughout the EYFS, you will be invited to attend various events which are designed to inform you about your child’s progress and next steps in learning. At Junction Farm Primary School, we have two parents’ evenings. These are an opportunity for families to talk with their child’s teacher, discuss their development, any concerns and learn about their child in the classroom. In EYFS, Reception parents are invited to a Phonics and Reading workshop in October, a Mathematics session in January and a Writing workshop in March. A transition meeting for parents of Nursery children entering Reception is held in June or July before the child enters school. Parents are encouraged to email school with any concerns or requests for further support. Teachers send messages on Marvellous Me at least twice a week, informing families of the focus for the week and updating them on any activities children will be taking part in. The end of the EYFS At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete a document which is known as the EYFS Profile. Children are ‘graded’ against the seventeen Early Learning Goals, by their child’s teacher based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. Staff will look at all evidence they have for children from Evidence Me, to work in their class books to observations they have made. Parents are provided with an end of Reception report which provides them with a clear picture of their child’s achievements, their approach to learning (Characteristics of Effective Learning) and their development as a growing individual.