EYFS

       Welcome to our Early Years webpage at Mossley Primary School!

 

We hope that you find this webpage informative and that it gives you a 'flavour' of our Foundation Stage here at Mossley.

Miss Pennington and Mrs Marlow's foundation stage class webpage is also an important source of information.

 

"Children make very good progress in the acquisition of personal and social skills and in their communication and language development, preparing them well to be good learners. Good teaching ensures that the children are eager to learn and by the end of the Reception Year most children achieve above the average expected level for their age..........The children enjoy a particulalry rich early learning curriculum. They are also exceptionally well cared for. They enjoy purposeful practical activities, playing and cooperating independently outstandingly well." (OFSTED March 2010).

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Mossley Primary School

At Mossley Primary School the Early Years team, in partnership with parents and the wider learning community, strive to deliver a fun, dynamic, relevant and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become motivated and enthusiastic lifelong learners.

 

Our children experience:

  • A careful balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

  • Opportunities to learn through active, purposeful play.

  • Carefully planned activities that reflect the children's daily interests.

  • A daily phonics session using Letters and Sounds and the Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic approach.

  • Daily adult-led guided maths and literacy sessions.

  • All weathers access to an impressive outdoor learning environment where there is a seamless link between indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.

  • Visitors/visits/special events to enrich their learning experience.

 

As a parent you will experience:

  • A professional, supportive, nurturing and caring team that has your child's learning and development at the forefront of everything that they do.

  • An 'open door' policy where any concern/worry that you may have about your child is carefully listened to.

  • Your child making progress across all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

  • Your child developing their social and communication skills.

  • Being kept informed about what is happening in the Foundation Stage on a weekly basis and also about your child's progress throughout the year.

  • An exciting year where your child is eager to learn and enjoys going to school (even when they are very, very tired!)

 

Our Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven areas of learning (please see below). Each area of the curriculum is carefully planned for and assessed. All areas of the curriculum are equally as important as each other.

The Prime Areas of Learning

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

For each area of learning there are a number of different Early Learning Goals which are statements that describe the expectations for most children by the end of the EYFS. Please see the link below for more information.

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

 

We also ensure that we plan carefully to provide the children with as many opportunities to develop their approaches to learning. These are defined as the children's learning characteristics:

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

 

How do we assess the children?

The Early Years team are observing and assessing the children on a daily basis completing both formal/informal observations. This may range from the children in the dinner hall or on the climbing frame to a child in an adult-led maths activity. All of the observations and assessments that they do help to build a 'developmental picture' of each child. Observations also inform the team's planning and helps them to plan for a child's next steps and what their targets might be.

In addition, the staff use a variety of different assessments for phonics, maths, reading and writing to ensure that the children are making progress and to inform their planning.

The Early Years team use a system called 'Tapestry' which is where they record their observations and take pictures/videos/sound bites of a child involved in a particular activity. This system enables them to collate all of the evidence that they have in order to support their judgements about a child across all areas of learning.

As a parent it is important that you also contribute to this process by using the childrens 'My World' book and our 'Proud Cloud' to inform the Early Years team about what your child has been doing outside of school. Or you could even pop a note in your child's planner. This may be a special interest/hobby/talent that your child has or could be an example of when they have shared/played nicely. We really want to know about your child's achievements!

 

The EYFS Profile is a way of summarising each child's development and learning achievements at the end of their first year at school. It is based on ongoing observations and assessments in all areas of learning. This information is given to parents in their child's final report.

At Mossley Primary School we do a 'EYFS Report Information Evening' where assessments and reports will be covered in more detail. This takes place towards the end of the school year.

Thank you for taking the time to read our webpage! If you have any questions then please come and see us.

Mrs L Swift (Assistant Head of Key Stage 1)

Miss I Pennington (Reception Teacher)

Mrs A Marlow (Reception Teacher)

 

EYFS Glossary

  • Adult-led activity- An activity defined, structured and delivered by an adult to a child or group of children. It focuses on the direct teaching of skillls and knowledge with a specific objective in mind. (EYFS handbook)

  • Child-initiated activity- An activity wholly decided on by the child, and is the result of an intrinsic motivation to explore a project or express an idea.

  • EYFS Profile- a statutory assessment that must be completed for a child in the final term of the year in which they turn 5. It summarises a child's achievements against the 17 Early Learning Goals at the end of the EYFS.

 

 

 

 

 

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