Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children in the reception year follow the 2012 revised EYFS curriculum which they will have begun in their pre-school setting. The curriculum covers seven areas of learning: Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Communication & Language; Physical Devlopment; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts & Design. Children learn through experience of a wide range of practical and play-based activities, many of which arise from the child's own interests and previous experience. Staff support, guide and assess children and modify the provision of activities in response to assessment information to challenge children to make the next step in their learning. We offer a well-resourced learning environment for our EYFS pupils, including a purpose-built outdoor area which is used all-year round.
All children are introduced to reading through the sharing of books and stories and daily teaching of a structured phonics programme, Read, Write Inc (RWI). As part of this programme, following the first phase, children are assessed every 6 weeks and taught in small groups focussed on their identified next steps.
Phonics teaching is supported through a range of activities in the indoor and outdoor provision areas, story telling and individual reading books matched to their current RWI level, which are taken home daily and changed twice a week.
Each day also includes a short, adult-led maths activity which is reinforced through carefully planned provision in both the indoor and outdoor learning areas.
Children are assessed throughout the year by regular observation and questioning and some focussed assessment tasks. Their progress is recorded in an online Learning Journey which is shared with parents and carers and tracked using the EYFS Profile. The school reports attainment at the end of year to parents and the Local Authority, in line with statutory requirements.
Learning beyond the classroom is a feature of EYFS, both through continuous provision in the outdoor area, activities on the school field, regular nature walks around the village and visits to local amenities in Thirsk. Visitors from the field of health & social care and community services are invited into the classroom and we enjoy travelling by coach to farms, woodland and museums linked to our current learning theme. We have also enjoyed a Forest School Outdoor learning day in recent years and plan to extend this to a programme of 6 sessions each year from 2020.
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