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 September 2021 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.
TEACHING LETTERS AND SOUNDS IN THE EYFS:
We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
Foundations for phonics in Nursery
- We provide a balance of child-led and adult-led experiences for all children that meet the curriculum expectations for ‘Communication and language’ and ‘Literacy’. These include:
- sharing high-quality stories and poems
- learning a range of nursery rhymes and action rhymes
- activities that develop focused listening and attention, including oral blending
- attention to high-quality language.
- We ensure Nursery children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and blending in Reception.
Daily phonics lessons in Reception
- We teach phonics for 30 minutes a day. In Reception, we build from 10-minute lessons, with additional daily oral blending games, to the full-length lesson as quickly as possible. Each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers.
- Children make a strong start in Reception: teaching begins in Week 2 of the Autumn term.
- We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised expectations of progress:
- Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy.
- Reading practice sessions take place three times a week from reception onwards (starting in Week 4 of the autumn term).
- We use books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge.
- Children who are not yet decoding have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books.
- The decodable reading practice book is taken home to ensure success is shared with the family.
- Reading for pleasure books also go home for parents to share and read to children.
- We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised parents’ resources to engage our families and share information about phonics, the benefits of sharing books, how children learn to blend and other aspects of our provision, both online and through workshops.
Ensuring reading for pleasure
‘Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success.’ (OECD 2002)
We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy:
- We read to children every day. We choose these books carefully as we want children to experience a wide range of books, including books that reflect the children at Kingfield Primary School and our local community as well as books that open windows into other worlds and cultures.
- Every classroom has an inviting book corner that encourages a love for reading. We curate these books and talk about them to entice children to read a wide range of books.
- In Nursery and Reception, children have access to the reading corner every day in their free flow time and the books are continually refreshed.
- Children from Reception onwards have a home reading record. Parent and carers are encouraged to record comments to share with the adults in school and staff will also write in this on a regular basis to ensure communication between home and school.
From September 2021 there are 2 statutory assessments that have to be undertaken in Reception year. Neither assessment is a test.
The Reception Baseline Assessment is a check of each child's early literacy, communication, language and maths skills, which takes the form of a set of practical tasks carried out between the child and the teacher within the first 6 weeks of starting. Children’s results are then sent to the government Standards and Testing agency. The results are not shared with the school, except for a short narrative statement to describe how each pupil performed on the overall assessment.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is a summary of each child's attainment at the end of the Reception year based on what they have demonstrated they know, understand and can do in all Prime areas of learning, literacy and maths, against the ‘Early Learning Goals’. Attainment for each area is described as either meeting the level of development at the end of the EYFS (expected) or not yet reaching this level (emerging).
For more information about our Nursery and Reception, please refer to the Robin, and Blackbird Class pages (under 'Parents')
Please also refer to 'School Information' for more details on:
- Nursery and school admissions
- Feet application form
- Nursery policy
- A video of our reception Class, for prospective parents