Early Years Foundation Stage
At Kingfield Primary School we aim to provide an inclusive, high quality early years provision for both our Nursery and Reception Class, thereby giving our children a strong foundation for their future learning and well-being.
We provide safe and secure settings in which children have access to vibrant and stimulating indoor and outdoor areas. Learning is active, play based, creative and includes first hand experiences. Practitioners plan and organise the curriculum so that it progresses and is differentiated according to the child's stage of development, knowledge and interests.The children have time and freedom to become deeply involved in the activities and with their learning, and staff are skilled in planning in the moment; extending learning opportunities for the children. Through well resourced, enabling environments,children are encouraged to become independent learners, develop open minds, and a problem solving approach to all learning.
The EYFS is based upon four principles:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient,capable,confident and self assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The curriculum is based round the Early Years Framework for the Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development.
There are 3 prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
and 4 specific areas.
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
At Kingfield Primary School we value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are inter- connected. All areas of learning and development are provided, both inside and outside. Outdoor play and learning is a key part of our provision.
PHONICS IN THE EYFS:
There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of Letters and Sounds, starting with Phase 1 phonics being taught in the Nursery.
Letters and Sounds continue to be taught rigorously and systematically through 'Jolly Phonics', once the children are in the Reception.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children. The letter sounds are split into seven groups, as shown in the Letter Sound Order chart below.
LETTER SOUND ORDER
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
HOW DOES JOLLY PHONICS WORK?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1.LEARNING THE LETTER SOUNDS
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. These include alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4.IDENTIFYING THE SOUNDS IN WORDS (SEGMENTING)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
Please refer to Robin, and Blackbird's Class pages for more information.
Please also refer to 'School Information' for more details on:
- Nursery and school admissions
- Feet application form
- Nursery policy