Grove Primary School
Early years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation Stage
A child’s first experience of school life should be positive, where they are happy and have an enthusiasm for learning through play. Our safe and stimulating environment creates the best opportunities for children to be successful in achieving their Early Learning Goals.
Parent partnership is key to children being successful and thriving as individuals. Developing positive parent relationships is crucial and it is important to us that parents feel comfortable communicating with school. Children’s educational journey begins in the Early Years, and we strive to create opportunities for our children to start building futures together.
Children’s communication and language skills are key and therefore we have a particular focus on this throughout the curriculum to ensure that children can succeed.
At Grove we want children to become school ready, and this begins with developing independence. To become successful learners, children will be provided with the skills, knowledge, understanding, values and behaviours to allow them to succeed in school.
Within Early Years Foundation Stage, we follow the Statutory Framework for Early Years (DfE, 2021). This framework specifies the requirements for the seven areas of learning and development which shape our educational programmes:
Look at what we’re learning!
In the Early Years, continuous provision is the main way in which children learn. At Grove, we provide continuous provision, both indoors and outdoors, every day. Through play, children learn new skills and embed existing ones, they communicate with their peers and adults within the class and are allowed the space to explore and develop as a person. Teachers use the Characteristics of Effective Learning, guided by the needs of the cohort, to design and provide engaging yet accessible provision for the children. As children access our continuous provision, adults deliver focused activities and observe children learning through play to further support their development and understanding.
HOW EYFS PREPARES CHILDREN FOR THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Assessment in EYFS
Learning Journeys are used to create a picture of each child within EYFS. Regular observations are carried out to inform steps achieved against the Early Learning Goals. Daily formative assessments are made by teaching staff to reflect on children’s learning and identify the next steps for short term planning. Summative assessment is completed termly where teacher’s use their professional judgements against Development Matters (DfE, 2021) and the Statutory Framework for EYFS.