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Early Years

Early Years Vision

 

Early Childhood

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 EYFS 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. 
  • Ensure that all children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities, gender or ability, feel secure, accepted and that they belong within our school community. 
  • 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 planning is based upon the principles of the EYFS 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. As our Nursery and Reception have shared learning environments we follow a two year rolling programme - Year A and Year B. These are carefully differentiated to meet the learning and development needs of the varying age groups.

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Assessment in the EYFS is a reflective and continuous process, which includes observing and noticing what our children can do and what they know. It involves teachers, all early years staff and other adults as appropriate. This information is then used to decide how best we can support our children's learning and development. It also becomes a basis for future planning to ensure that learning is reflective of identified needs. At certain points in the year, we carry out summative assessments which allow us to gain an overview of each child’s progress. Summative assessments also help us to improve our provision and practice.

Observations are often recorded and used to inform the Senior Leadership Team and to share with parents. 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.

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