Parent Information (Class 1)
Please read below for more information on the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) revised framework, which the children will be formally assessed against in June ready for their transition into Year 1.
From birth to five, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which comprises of seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in early years settings.
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. In Class One we respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm and positive interaction. As the children grow older, and as their development allows, the balance gradually shifts towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning in Year 1.
Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities and support. Ongoing formative assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. It involves observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles, and to then shape learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations. We produced half termly trackers to monitor the progress of every child in class and plan from this accordingly.
In the final term of Class One, a summative assessment is completed for each child. The EYFS Profile provides parents and carers, practitioners and teachers with a well-rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their progress against expected levels, and their readiness for Year 1. Each child’s level of development is assessed against the early learning goals, where it is indicated whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels.
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