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EARLY YEARS

At Tithe Farm Primary School, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that the children are going to continue to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop emotionally, verbally, physically and cognitively, whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual, allowing all children to achieve their full potential. With this in mind, we begin each year by looking at the individual needs of the children, and taking in account their different starting points, we then carefully develop our flexible EYFS curriculum, enabling them to follow a learning journey that sparks interest and enjoyment.

Children in both our Nursery and reception classes follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven areas of learning.

The Prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Communication and Language.
  • Physical Development.

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts

 

We use “In the moment planning” by Anna Ephgrave, that allows staff to constantly move children’s learning on through their own interests and those activities provided in setting. All children are targeted at least once per half term, through target child observations, as well anecdotal observations throughout the day. We adjust topics to follow the children’s interests and community activities. We find this helps the children to become positive, enthusiastic and independent learners.

  Group times, such as maths, PE and phonics are differentiated and adult led.

Children enter our Reception mostly from our Nursery, but from a few surrounding nurseries, child minders and day-care. They enter with varying levels, which is why we make every effort to make their transition into our Reception smooth and carry out a baseline.

We are finding year on year that the number of children entering our EYFS that are EAL, is increasing. This has a knock on effect in their baseline assessments, the children’s communication and language is below age related, 63 % are below and this is increasing each year. Also children’s life experiences and previous education settings has an effect on the children’s baselines and progress. Children are coming in below age related in all seven ages of the EYFS, the biggest being in the Prime areas. All our staff work to support the children, adapting activities and the environment.

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