EYFS (Nursery and Reception)
The Early Years Foundation Stage at Ashmole primary school is formed from our Nursery and Reception class. Although separate classes, there are many opportunities throughout the day for children to work and play together, and the staff team work to ensure that children’s early years experiences are happy, active, safe and challenging and that all children leave the EYFS well prepared for the next stage in their learning journey.
Children in the EYFS learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These areas are organised into two areas: prime and specific.
The 3 prime areas are:
- Communication and language; developing children’s listening and attention, understanding and speaking skills.
- Physical development; developing gross and fine motor skills and helping children become confident early writers.
- Personal, social and emotional development: fostering children’s confidence, independence and social skills with peers and adults.
As children grow and move through the EYFS, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Literacy: reading and writing. Phonics is taught daily in the EYFS, following the Letters and Sounds framework, and children have regular opportunities to listen to stories and read one: one with an adult. Children learn to write their names and start to read and write simple words and sentences in Reception class. In Reception, children begin to take home simple reading books from the Nelson PM Reading Programme.
- Mathematics; number and shape, space and measure. Children enjoy taking part in hands-on, practical activities which prepare them for the next stage in their learning.
- Understanding the world; people and communities, the world and technology. Children learn tolerance and respect for others and start to develop their understanding of the differences and similarities between themselves and others. Children acquire simple skills in using technology.
- Expressive arts and design; exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative. Children take part in a range of art activities and enjoy making models and representing their experiences through a variety of different media. Children enjoy role play and music and movement opportunities.
These 7 areas are used to plan children’s teaching and learning and activities. The EYFS staff make careful observations of children’s learning which are recorded on the Interactive Learning Diary, ILD. Parents are also encouraged to contribute to this to build a picture of what children know and can do. The staff team use this information to support your child to make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.