Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At All Saints CEVA Primary School we greatly value the importance that the Early Years Foundation Stage plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.
At All Saints CEVA Primary School, we aim to:
Provide a safe, challenging, stimulating, caring and sharing environment which is sensitive to the needs of the child including children with additional needs.
Provide a broad, balanced, relevant and creative curriculum that will set in place firm foundations for further learning and development in Key Stage 1 and beyond.
Use and value what each child can do, assessing their individual needs and helping each child to progress.
Enable choice and decision making, fostering independence and self-confidence.
Work in partnership with parents and guardians and value their contributions ensuring that all children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities, gender or ability.
Provide opportunities whereby children experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.
Provide experiences for all children, whatever their needs, which are inclusive rather than parallel.
|Observation, Assessment and Planning|
Good planning is the key to making children’s learning effective, exciting, varied and progressive. Effective learning builds on and extends what children know and can already do. Our objective led planning shows how the principles of the EYFS are put into practice and is always informed by observations we have made of the children, in order to understand and consider their current interests, development and learning needs. All staff who work in the Foundation Stage are involved in this process.
The planning within the EYFS is based around the children’s interests, as well as a range of exciting projects from Cornerstones. These plans are used by the EYFS team as a guide for weekly planning. However, we may alter these in response to the needs of the children.
We make regular assessments of children’s learning and we use this information to ensure that future planning reflects identified needs. Assessment in the EYFS takes the form of long, short and recorded observations and this involves the teacher and other adults as appropriate. These observations are recorded and used to inform the Senior Leadership Team. Parents are also encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning profile by sharing the learning opportunities experienced in the home environment via the Tapestry online learning journal. This helps the Foundation Stage Team to gain a more holistic view of the child. The parents and guardians are given the opportunity to meet with the Foundation Stage Team each term. During the Family Learning Review Meeting a video of the child discussing their learning and achievements is used as the basis of conversation. At the end of the third term, we provide a written report in relation to the children’s early learning goals to parents and guardians.