Tatams Class

Welcome to Tatams Class, named after the beautiful beach in Portscatho. Our newly structured class now comprises both Nursery and Reception, the Early Years Foundation Stage. My name is Mrs Emily Rushe, the Class Teacher. I am supported by the Class Teaching Assistant, Mrs Frances Grant.
The nature of Early Years means we are outside a lot of the time, making the most of our beautiful grounds. Please make sure your child always has a seasonally appropriate waterproof coat and wellies in school. 
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework is a government document that all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers in England must follow. It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. The standards ensure your child will learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes.

There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:

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

There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The EYFS framework identifies the essential role of play in your child’s development. It is through both child-led play and play guided by an adult that your child will develop confidence and relationships with others. Through play, staff will help your child to extend their vocabulary and develop their communication skills.

The EYFS framework identifies three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically

A greater focus on teaching specific skills will occur as your child progresses through their reception year, which will help them to prepare for year one.