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Early Years Foundation Stage

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Intent

At Walwayne Court Primary we are dedicated to creating resilient, independent learners who take risks, make mistakes and keep going with their journey.  We do this by providing a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils.  It facilitates them to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding, as they start out on their educational journey, supporting them to progress from their individual starting points and preparing them for the next stage of their education.

Our ethos in Early Years is to support children’s personal, social and emotional development so that they feel safe and secure and are ready to learn.  A child’s well-being is of paramount importance to their involvement in their learning and the higher their well-being and involvement, the greater the progress they will make.

Implementation

At Walwayne Court we offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points.  We use Development Matters to follow the Early Years curriculum and deliver each child’s next steps through high-quality adult interactions by following a ‘planning in the moment’ approach during continuous provision and developing an effective and engaging environment that is set up so that children can access all areas of learning both inside and outside at any one time.

The majority of our day is given to continuous provision, where the children are able to choose the activity and resources that interest them.  We work as a whole unit where there is free flow play across both classrooms and the outside classroom at all times.  The adults are used during this time to use high-quality questioning and interactions to check understanding and address misconceptions and to challenge the learning to move it forward.  This may be in the form of an adult-led activity that focusses on a particular objective or as an ‘in the moment’ interaction where they have been invited into the children’s play.

Every day, at the beginning and end of the morning and afternoon sessions, we have four carpet inputs: maths, phonics, topic and storytime (whole class guided reading), each of which is carefully planned to reflect the needs, experiences and interests of the children.

Phonics and reading skills are taught daily through the Sounds-Write programme and whole-class guided reading sessions.  Reading and books are at the forefront of much of our learning and we place a high emphasis on children being able to and enjoy reading.

The maths curriculum is taught through daily dedicated sessions.  These sessions are carefully planned using concrete resources and build on prior learning and real-life experiences across the theme and year.  This starts with mastering numbers 0-5 and then progresses through to 0-10 and 0-20.  We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real-life experiences.

Parental input plays a key part in planning for children’s interests and achievement of the next steps.  They are asked to contribute details about their child every term and are also invited in for a parent meeting each term to discuss the progress and next steps of their child.  We also hold weekly maths mornings for the parents to come into class and enjoy maths activities and games with their children.

Impact

The aim of our curriculum is to develop a thirst and love of learning.  We want pupils to finish the Foundation Stage as confident, resilient and independent learners, ready to take on the next challenge in their education. They are curious and highly motivated to learn and have a clear understanding of how to be respectful and safe in their choices and behaviour.  They make rapid progress from their starting points and the children who start school below the expected standard have begun to close the gaps in their learning.

Children develop their characteristics of learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations making links and explaining their ideas and understanding.  Children are confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with adults drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.

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Our assessment is carried out through careful observation of the children’s independent learning.  Observation of children in their play, by all adults including parents, supports the curriculum and informs the next steps in the children’s learning.

Our aim is to create a happy and positive experience for the children as they start school so that they feel secure and supported to tackle the challenges they may face in their learning, knowing it is their effort and growth mindset that will be rewarded.

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