Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Reception Class: Robins

EYFS Vision Statement

At GLF Schools we are committed to helping children have the best possible start in life by providing rich learning opportunities. Such opportunities are based around the development of rewarding relationships, which lead to consistently high outcomes for all children. This includes close working relationships with linked Children’s Centres and multi-agency professionals.

We will ensure that the best interests and care of the children come first by providing quality, meaningful, broad and balanced learning opportunities that meet their needs and interests in a context relevant to them as unique individuals who learn in different ways and at different rates.

Children’s experiences in the early years have a major impact on future life chances. Our holistic approach will provide children with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make sense of their world. This will encourage a love of learning which will enable the children to reach their potential and become successful, confident lifelong learners.

 

We will achieve this through:

  • focusing on the needs of the children, their learning and care
  • enabling children to recognise their own value, that of others and their place in the world
  • encouraging exploring and risk taking
  • ensuring a responsive, adaptable approach to learning which recognises the importance of effective teacher-led and child-led opportunities
  • ensuring strengths are developed and development gaps are closed in order to raise attainment
  • focusing on the Characteristics of Effective Learning which provide the foundations for future success
  • building resilience through promoting challenge and sustained effort
  • developing children’s independence, autonomy and collaborative learning skills
  • encouraging a “growth mindset” which sees mistakes as positive learning experiences.
  • providing practical, play-based learning experiences based on quality interactions that lead to sustained understanding
  • promoting a wider curriculum which allows all children to succeed
  • ensuring practitioners’ accurate knowledge and understanding of child development, attainment and next steps in learning
  • working with parents to develop a shared, valued approach to their children’s learning
  • working collaboratively with practitioners and settings to share good practice and enhance provision

 

 

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

 

It sets out:

· The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.

 · The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.

· Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.

 · Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs). There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating 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

· Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your 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:

· Literacy

· Mathematics

 · Understanding the world

· Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it is suitable for very young children, and it is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

 

Our Reception Team are:

 

 

Class Teacher

 

 

Teaching Assistants

Miss Martin

 

Mrs Radmall

Mrs Fisher

 

 

The Reception area at Warlingham Village is a welcoming, vibrant and happy place for your child to be. We use the characteristics of effective learning to ensure your child plays and explores, gets involved, is creative and thinks critically. The classroom is set up so that all the children can self-select the resources that they need to progress their learning. We encourage independence and promote self-confidence and awareness of people, communities and world around us through carefully planned topics.

 

Our topics are:

 

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Let’s get moving!

Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Imagine!

Let’s Explore!

Let’s grow!

Let’s get going!

 

 

Other Classroom Routines To Be Aware Of

  • We have two class bears called Morgan and Jordan that come home with the children at weekends.
  • Children have PE at least once a week with a qualified coach.
  • The children take part in Forest School for one-half term a year.

 

Links to parent resources:

EYFS Shape Space and Measure Leaflet

EYFS Number Skills Leaflet

EYFS Phonics Guide