Early Years Foundation Stage
Children as young as two may be offered part time placements at the school. FS1 and 2 children can be catered for within our EYFS classroom. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS- Twinkles class) staff provide an exciting, play based curriculum designed to allow the children to initiate their learning through exploration and sensory experiences, interspersed with more structured sessions of individual or small group teaching. The focus at this stage is on developing pupils communication skills and promoting overall engagement in adult directed activities, ultimately aiming to get them ready to learn! For pupils that require continuity of this kind of provision they may remain in this class into Key stage 1.
Pupils in the EYFS spend a large part of their day outside and have access to play equipment on which they can climb to develop their gross motor skills and sand and water activities which develop fine motor skills. Many other professionals liaise with the EYFS staff to complete assessments of the younger pupils and ensure that they have access to the correct seating, feeding equipment and ICT support.
As a school we were 'Early adopters' of the new EYFS curriculum framework. Staff that work within this area of the school have a sound understanding of early childhood development and use this knowledge, in conjunction with formal and informal school based assessments to plan for individual pupils, according to their needs.
The most important aspect of the EYFS curriculum is to ensure that the children are excited by their learning in a safe, yet challenging environment. Playing is fun and through play the children develop a better understanding of the world and slowly develop relationships with the adults and children around them.
Parents are encouraged to remain in close contact with the EYFS staff through Home School News books, Class Dojo and telephone calls.