At our school all of our classes are named after birds. We are known as Wrens, but we are also referred to as Foundation Stage 2 or the Reception class. Prior to starting with us, children attend a variety of Foundation stage 1 settings (preschools, nurseries and childminders).
In Foundation Stage 2/Reception (Wrens), we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and children are taught using a topic based approach. Learning is done through play, led by the teacher, with opportunities to apply knowledge through child initiated learning. We have a fantastic learning environment, which enables children to be independent and take risks. Our outdoor area has been designed with the needs of young children in mind and it enables us to provide learning opportunities that are adapted to a wide range of learning styles.
We have chosen to be an Early Adopter school, so we are using the ‘EYFS reforms early adopter version July 2020’, which is the collection of standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important in building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development.
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
There are seventeen Early Learning Goals, which describe the level of development children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS . To find out more CLICK HERE
What does a day look like in our setting? CLICK HERE
How do we engage you as parents in your child’s development?
We recognise that you are your child’s first educator and are committed to our role in supporting you to help your child develop over their time in Early Years. Below are some of the key ways we commit to keeping you up to date and helping you engage in your child’s learning journey.
You will receive termly curriculum news letters to keep you up to date with what is happening in EYFS, such as our current themes, PE days and special events.
- Morning Greetings
Each morning starts with a greeting session where you are invited into school at 8.40am to complete some morning learning with your child. This might be some tricky word spelling, key vocabulary spelling, number learning or phonics activities. These are all designed to give your child a boost for the day ahead.
- Learning Journeys
Every child in our Early Years setting has a learning journey, where their achievements, learning and development are recorded, celebrated and tracked. They are always available in the classrooms for you to share in. You are a key contributor to your child’s learning and we encourage you to use our WOW slips. CLICK HERE . These are to record any learning you see out of school!
- Home -School Links
We will send home-school link activities throughout the year. These will link to learning your child has covered in class, so they can revisit it and help them to embed it. Completing them together will allow you to marvel at the new vocabulary and skills your child is developing and help them to get ready for their next steps, by consolidating what they know. You will find next steps each half term in your child’s home-learning book, so you can help and support your child with their learning. You will also find ways to support your child’s reading, as they move through the phonics phases, by looking in their reading diary.
During our home-visits, we allocate all children a school book bag, which has some very useful resources in. See below some of the resources we allocate.
Our Alphabet Mat
Phase 2 Letter Mat
Phase 3 Letter Mat
Letter Formation Mat
If you would like to read more about our EYFS setting, take a look at our Parents Guide to the Foundation Stage – CLICK HERE
We just ‘LOVE to LEARN’ . Take a look at some of the fabulous things we have been busy doing in FS2/Wrens.