What is EYFS?
EYFS stands for the Early Years Foundation Stage and it is the provision given to children under 5 years. It covers 7 areas of learning: communication & language, personal, social and motional development, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.
How is the EYFS delivered at Parkfield?
The reception classroom at Parkfield is divided into areas to cover the curriculum expectations. These areas promote learning through play and adult focus groups.
We have both an indoor and outdoor classroom which the children access on a daily basis - staff ratio allowing. The outdoor classroom allows the children more movement and physical exploration than the indoor classroom enabling us to provide a wider range of experiences.
Each half term we develop educational plans which encourage the children to become excited and engrossed in their learning. These plans may focus around a story, an event or a discovery. We plan to engage all children, no matter what their ability, interest or level of confidence, into discovering the joy of learning, exploring and sharing.
We encourage the children to share their ideas and interests and plan these into the learning opportunities as much as possible. The children are involved in developing classroom areas throughout the year and in Spring and Summer terms become involved in deciding which topic they want to cover next.
We open the doors at 8:45 where the children are welcomed in. Carpet activities are available and adult focus groups also start at this time working on sounds and writing.
Doors shut at 9:00 after the register has been taken. We then either start our whole class teaching sessions or attend assembly with the rest of the school.
Children are encouraged to have a snack and drink throughout the morning.
Morning sessions include: Guided Reading (reading in a group exploring different types of books, authors, pictures, sounds, words, characters, settings, emotions), writing or maths work with an adult, snack, phonics and intervention groups.
Afternoon sessions include: mental maths, writing or maths work with an adult, intervention groups, handwriting and story.
How can you help?
Talk to your child about school- their thoughts, feelings and experiences of that day/week.
We do expect parents and carers to take some responsibility for their child’s development and thus reading practise is an essential homework expectation.
We post learning experiences and achievements on line through our early learning journal called Tapestry. All parents have access to their child’s tapestry account and we encourage parents to share photos and proud moments from home through this medium. We then share these moments in school with your child and sometimes with their peers.
Food and drink
A range of snacks are provided throughout the week including fruit, crackers, bread sticks and toast. Milk is also provided and your child is able to access water bottles whenever they need them. We have a water machine providing clean, cold water every day. Water bottles can be bought from the school office.