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EYFS

The team of staff who are involved in the Early Years Foundation Stage believe that the provision of a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment will enable our pupils to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become confident independent learners.

We create a relaxed happy atmosphere in which children can develop confidence, self-esteem and respect for others whilst reaching their own full potential, emotionally, intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.

At Denbigh Community Primary School we provide challenging learning experiences, through a purposeful curriculum which is broad and balanced, providing relevant learning opportunities through first hand experiences.

Pupils have the opportunities to work towards the Early Learning Goals both indoors and on a larger scale outdoors.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), describes the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
• Communication and language;
• Physical development; and
• Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas 4 specific areas.

These are:
• Literacy;
• Mathematics;
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.
The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like the curriculum older children follow, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Indoor and Outdoor Learning
Children access the curriculum both indoors and outside. Both are equally as important to develop children’s self-initiated knowledge and play skills.

Inside the classroom the children in Reception are taught in small-group adult-led sessions for phonics, literacy and mathematics. Children are then given the opportunity to apply their learning in the classroom environment. The classroom is divided into individual ‘areas’ centred on the different areas of learning. Classroom resources are clearly labelled and can be freely accessed by the children; in order for them to develop their own individuality and interests.

We have a large outdoor area, where the children can freely access resources. Children use large scale resources and are encouraged to make noise and develop their physical, social and play skills.

How the Day is Organised in Early Years Foundation Stage?
Children in Nursery start school at 8.45am or 12.15pm.  Children in reception start school at 8.55am.

Foundation 1 (Nursery)
There is a general pattern to the session in Nursery but we do try to be flexible to allow us to respond to the needs and interests of the children.
Our day looks something like this…

o Welcome and self-registration
o Activity time
o Song time
o Milk and snack time
o Outside discovery and playtime
o Story time
o Time for home!

Foundation 2 (reception)
o Doors open, welcome children
o Small group time Literacy/ Maths
o Independent Learning time
o Phonics teaching
o Lunch time
o Small group time Literacy/ Maths
o Independent Learning time
o Story time/Circle time
o Time for home

Learning Journeys
Your child has their own learning journey which stays with them throughout Nursery and Reception. Learning Journeys are individual to your child and include lots of examples of your child’s independent play, learning and development. Staff update learning journeys on a daily basis including observations, photographs and examples of children’s work.

We can also offer electronic versions of observations that can be emailed to you to keep you updated on your child’s learning.

As a mam or dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.

We encourage you to support your child at home by sending home homework to share, reading books, letters, projects, stay and play sessions, parents evenings and many other fun ways to share learning.  We also have developed a range of home learning packs that can be loaned from the school to play with at home.

We are always available to talk to you.  If you want to know more about something or have any queries please feel free to approach the staff. A member of staff is available at the beginning and end of each session for information sharing and if you wish to discuss something in more length we can arrange an alternative time to chat.

Home Learning Packs
We have created some home learning packs to help you support your child’s learning at home. The packs are fun activities, resources and games designed for you to share with your child at home. The packs have activities based around Communication and Language, Maths and Literacy. Packs can be borrowed from school for one week at a time and swapped each week. Since beginning the scheme we have had fantastic feedback from parents.

My child loved this pack, they had lots of fun whilst learning at the same time.’
‘It was a great activity for us to share together’.

Extra Information
All children under seven are entitled to a free school meal.  Please ask a member of staff if you wish to see a menu.  All children are also entitled to a piece of fruit everyday.

Children under the age of 5 receive free milk.  This funding ends the week they turn 5 so if you wish your child to continue to receive milk, you will need to pay using the link below;
http://www.coolmilk.com/

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