EYFS at Glenthorne Community Primary School
Early Years’ Aims
At Glenthorne we aim to establish and maintain a stimulating environment which provides a good introduction to school life and builds on each child’s needs and interests. We also focus on children’s social and emotional needs whilst promoting their confidence, initiative, security and enjoyment.
In the EYFS we believe that children learn best through play so we provide a wide range of opportunities for play to instil a real love of learning. Alongside this we provide some fun and engaging adult-led activities in Maths and Literacy .to teach skills and concepts.
We value Outdoor Learning and this happens through Muddy Mondays where the children have fun exploring the forest area and nature, completing learning to develop thinking and problem-solving skills and of course getting dirty!
In EYFS we learn through fun, creative teaching, we aim to actively engage, inspire and enable our children to flourish and succeed.
In EYFS there are seven areas of learning. We have a creative approach in delivering all aspects of the curriculum and provide children with a wide range of provision for them to explore across all areas of learning.
Communication and Language – All adults model the correct use of language at all times, introduce new vocabulary through stories, concepts and our Knowledge Organisers Towers.
Physical Development – There are opportunities for children to develop their fine motor control in all areas of continuous provision across the setting and in the Funky Fingers area of the classroom. Opportunities for gross motor control in the setting helps children develop spatial awareness, balancing and climbing skills as well as managing risks safely. In Reception the children have a P.E. session per week which facilitates the development of gross motor skills but also exposes children to good health and hygiene practices. The children have free flow daily where P.E equipment and bikes are available.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development –
In EYFS we encourage our children to be independent, resilient, explore and discuss feelings and emotions and have a positive attitude to all aspects of their life.
Literacy – In EYFS we strive to instil a love of reading and we have daily stories which the children vote for, a focus text each week, and all children read individually to an adult to support blending skills and comprehension. Phonics sessions are delivered daily to build the foundations for reading and writing. There are opportunities for writing in all areas of continuous provision across the setting in addition to focused adult-led group sessions.
Mathematics –. We constantly strive to promote the use of mathematical language and early reasoning skills at every opportunity during continuous provision as well as adult-led teaching. Maths is integral to all areas indoors and outdoors from measuring, recording activities and problem solving.
Understanding the World – Through a wide range of activities and through play we encourage our children to develop concepts, show care for our environment, respect all living things, respect the beliefs of others whilst learning about a range of cultures.
Expressive Arts and Design – We plan a range of opportunities for children to explore and be imaginative through different role-play area, puppets, masks and in the creative area. During continuous provision, children have open access to a wide range of media and materials to allow them to use their imagination and demonstrate their creativity.
Muddy Mondays – We plan weekly opportunities for children to access the forest area/nature in order to build confidence and independence, develop respect and care for living things, interact and build relationships with peers through team work and co-operation.
Parent Partnership – In EYFS we have an open-door policy and will always make time to speak to parents as necessary. We have a Marvellous Me box that goes home for children to talk about special objects to their peers, class assemblies, sports day, Christmas performances and parents’ meetings. We also send Proud Clouds home to support PSED and value proud moments at home. Parents also send observations through Class Dojo to support children’s learning.