At Colvestone we provide an environment that is caring, stimulating and one that fosters children’s independence.
In the EYFS we follow the Department for Education ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework’. This document sets the standards that we must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is based upon four principles: The children in our setting are at the centre of all our work ‘A Unique Child’. The children are surrounded by Positive Relationships (with parents, staff and other key people) and Enabling Environments (both physical and emotional). Learning and Development occurs throughout.
Learning and development
All the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
- The prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- The specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
- None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities, both inside and outside.
- The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning run through and underpin all the seven areas of learning and development. They represent processes rather than outcomes and explain how the child demonstrates:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
Children have access to a rich and varied learning environment where opportunities give them the confidence to explore and learn in a secure and safe, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor space. For children to have rich and stimulating experiences, the learning environment is well planned and organised. There are areas where the children can be active, or work quietly. The environment is set up in learning areas, where children are able to make their own selection of the activities on offer and locate well organised equipment and resources independently as this encourages them to initiate their own learning.
At Colvestone we have a dedicated Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor area. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors. It offers the children the opportunity to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. We plan activities and resources for the children to access outdoors that help the children to develop in all seven areas of learning.
Communication and language
We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations. You can help your child by talking to them about what activities they have been doing at school during the day.
It is really important that you read with your child on a daily basis. Book sharing encourages a curiosity about life and an eagerness to learn. A bed-time story shared with your child when they’re ready for bed is the perfect time for cuddles, to bond and to make memories. Reading together can trigger all sorts of wonderful questions and stimulate conversation. Allow time in your bedtime routine to chat about what you’re reading: you’ll be helping your child’s development and gaining an insight into how their mind works, and it expands your child’s vocabulary. Reading to your child will also expand their emotional vocabulary, giving them words for what they’re feeling. This can make them better able to express themselves, and less prone to the emotional meltdowns that can happen when they’re wrestling with feelings that they don’t know how to talk about.
On Wednesdays it is ‘The Big Read’ (9.00—9.30am) where you are welcome to come into the EYFS Class to read with your child. Please sign in at the school office before coming into class.
Reading books will be sent home every Friday. This term it will be a picture book of their choice. Please encourage your child to talk about the pictures, characters and key events in the stories and where possible highlight keywords.
Homework will also be given out every Friday and returned the following Wednesday. Please support and encourage your child with their learning.
Active children are, happy, school-ready and sleep better. Aim for at least 180 minutes per day for children aged 1 to 5 years. Every movement counts.
Children aged 3 to 5 years old will need 11 – 12 hours of sleep.
The EYFS class will be having PE in the large playground on Friday mornings. Please make sure your child has appropriate P.E. kit (black jogging bottoms or shorts, white t-shirt and suitable footwear).
Please could you make sure that your child’s uniform and P.E. kit are labelled and they have a spare set of clothing in school including underwear. Please replenish their spare clothes bags with clean clothes when necessary.