At Drayton Green Primary School we are committed to providing a high quality Early Year’s education which gives children a secure and confident start to their school life and nurtures a lifelong love of learning. We aim for all our children across Nursery and Reception to be happy, excited and engaged in their learning and encourage this by providing stimulating and challenging learning experiences.
All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning and it is the privilege of our Early Years staff to build upon that prior learning and experience. We aim to work alongside our children’s parents and carers to ensure children have the best start to their school life and lay the secure foundations to support their academic success.
The EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children’s early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances. At Drayton Green Primary School, our EYFS uses the EYFS framework which sets out how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Whilst at our EYFS setting at Drayton Green, children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate 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 a child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
· Understanding the world; and
· Expressive arts and design.
All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The EYFS staff teaching and supporting our children in our setting will make sure that the activities are suited to each of the children’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are ready, able and eager to learn!
The class timetable shows a basic outline of how time is divided over curriculum areas in a week and can be subject to change according to the needs of a class and teachers professional judgement.