An introduction to EYFS
EYFS at Gerrans
"When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow." - Development Matters 2021
- To recognise children’s prior knowledge from previous settings and their experiences at home
- To provide first-hand learning experiences
- To build resilience, ambition and integrity
- To recognise every child as a unique individual
- To teach basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values
- To provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and to increase our first hand experience of school which should be happy and positive
- To encourage involvement with parents and to celebrate the children’s learnt skills after each topic
- To understand and follow children’s interests and to provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum. We will support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge through next steps
- To create an indoor and outdoor environment which supports all areas of learning
- To prepare children to reach the Early Learning goals at the end of Reception and to ensure children are making good progress from their starting point
- To support transition into KS1
- Recognise children’s prior knowledge from previous settings and their experiences at home
- Embed positive behaviours for learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning by providing play and exploration, active learning, creative and critical thinking
- Recognise every child as a unique individual
- Work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential
- Teach and build upon early skills, knowledge, concepts and values
- Provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and to increase our first-hand experience of school which should be happy and positive
- Provide vibrant continuous indoor and outdoor provision, that follow children’s interests, to support learners in investigating, developing and challenging skills and knowledge
- Enable children to achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception and to ensure children are making good progress from their starting point
- Support transition so that children are prepared and ready for Reception and Key Stage
- Children will progress across the EYFS curriculum from their starting point
- Most children will have reached the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception
- Children will have support throughout the year in order to progress
- Children will investigate, have a go, concentrate and encounter difficulties which they can overcome with confidence
- Children will have developed their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing this
- Evidence in children’s learning journeys support all areas of the EYFS curriculum
- All children’s needs will be met to enable them to learn to their full potential
- Children will develop into well rounded individuals who embody our valves and carry with hem the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learning.
- Children will be ready to start Year 1
Throughout the year we address the different areas through a range of themes that are largely initiated by the children. Staff carefully observe the interests, ages and stages of learning of the children and plan activities and topics to capture those interests and ensure they build on what children can do and take their learning forward.
- Creating imaginative games in their role play
- Sharing stories and books together in the book nook
- Using a variety of construction toys to create interesting models and structures both inside and outside
- Choose their own mark making tools and media to develop early writing and drawing skills
- Get messy with sensory play such as snow, gloop and shaving foam
- Paint, print and explore colour, shape, pattern and texture
- Get creative with dough, collage materials and junk modelling.
- Explore and investigate sand and water
- Build dens and structures with loose parts outside
- Enjoy our mud kitchen
- Make roads and ride the trikes and scooters around the garden
- Play in our woodland area and use our climbing walls and bars.
Outdoor Learning We have a large outside area and children are encouraged to learn through investigating their environment, building confidence, resilience and independence. We provide children with waterproof trousers (or they can bring their own) so that they can get active and dirty and encourage children to bring in their own wellies so that we can use the outside space all year round.
Additionally, we teach our children about the importance of a healthy diet, keeping fit and being clean. We provide a snack during the morning where children are welcome to have a piece of fruit and milk. Children bring in their own water bottles which can be refilled in the classroom.
The EYFS framework identifies three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
This is a platform that we use and share with our parents. Tapestry allows us to keep a record of children's achievement (`Wow moments`) and connects parents and teachers on a student's conduct and performance through real-time reports as well as a feed for photos and videos during the school day.