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At Roscoe Primary School, our aim is to work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential. It is our intent that children who enter our school EYFS develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whist embedding a positive attitude to school and learning.

 

We believe that focusing on the child as an individual, following their personal interests and individual needs, allows us to plan and provide opportunities throughout out our EYFS curriculum to support learning, development and to meet their next steps. We use the indoor and outdoor environment to enhance learning and prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and to ensure children make outstanding progress from their starting points.

Implementation

Children in our 2 year old room, Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.

 

Area of Learning and Development

Aspect

Prime Areas

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

Moving and handling

Health and self-care

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

Understanding

Speaking

Specific areas

Literacy

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Numbers

Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The world

Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

 

At Roscoe, we believe that communication and language underpin all learning and development therefore we provide time and opportunities for all children to develop listening and attention skills by speaking and listening to each other and adults in one to one, small and large groups through a range of activities such as stories, songs, and rhymes and through sharing news.

Specific in our 2 year old Nursery, 3 year old Nursery and Reception take part in 'Time to Talk' sessions where they explore and develop attention, listening and communication skills.

 

We provide rich and enabling environments that foster language and communication opportunities for all children and this is reviewed and celebrated regularly by all staff in the school.

We ensure that all planned and child initiated learning experiences promote communication and language with the use of pictures, labels, props and recording tools.

 

We support learning in all 7 areas by using informal day-to-day assessments to build a picture of each child in their individual learning journey. We use this to find next steps and possible learning experiences and enhancements that we plan for through exciting and enriching topics.

 

Children at Roscoe are encouraged to be independent in toileting, snack time and when getting ready for school or home. We work closely with parents to build strong links so that children are receiving this support and encouragement in both environments.

 

Children and staff are encouraged to foster a love of reading and writing through exciting topics and enriched story, song and rhyme times. Sound awareness is explored in our 2 year old room and Nursery through phase 1 phonics and Reception enjoy learning the sounds and meaning of letters and words through a structured phonics programme and everyday routines.

 

A language rich environment in Roscoe also contributes to developing mathematics through first-hand, practical experiences based upon play, games, communication, exploration, problem-solving and representation.

 

In addition to teaching and involving the children in learning to love and respect themselves, staff and children alike, believe that community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum and we celebrate local traditions throughout the year, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in other cultures and beliefs in an ever evolving community.

 

 

Impact

Excellent communication, a key person system and effective transition between the three classes, means children leave the EYFS with a solid foundation of learning of which to build upon.

By monitoring assessment procedures regularly, we can effectively demonstrate what learning is taking place and how each child is progressing is all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

By using Scrap book style learning journeys, it can be seen by the children and their families that children are enjoying a fruitful, learning rich experience in Roscoe EYFS.

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Children develop quickly in the Early years, and our Early Years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start to school life.

 

The way in which children engage with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpins their learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. 

 

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. 

 

Please visit our Butterflies (2year olds), Nursery and Reception Class pages for our Early Years in action! 

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