Elder Class - Early Years Foundation Stage

Elder Class – Early Years Foundation Stage

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Elder. We are really enjoying getting to know your children and we are all looking forward to the year ahead. The main staff that will be working with your children are; Mrs Jones and Miss Healey (class teachers), Mrs White (Nursery HLTA), and Miss Brewer (Class TA). You will also see Mrs Hall, Mrs Phipps, Mrs Norris and Miss France popping in and out. We are always grateful of any parents who might be able to come and help listen to readers during the week, whether this is a ‘one off’ or on an occasional basis. Please let us know if you can help.

As you are aware, your children will be taught as an Early Years Foundation Stage Unit for mornings this academic year. Every morning, Reception will have play based literacy and maths lessons and we also have Letters and Sounds (phonics) sessions. Nursery will have time within continuous provision as well as taking part in Phase 1 phonics activities and having time in the hall or outside every day to work on gross motor development. Afternoons will be taught slightly differently as some of the year 1 children will also join our class. Nursery will mostly be separate in an afternoon and will take part in activities such as; balance bikes, baking, creative arts and crafts and forest schools. Reception will be streamed to join the appropriate groups and afternoon activities will include; PE, forest schools, art and music.

Our topic for the first half term will be Home Sweet Home. Within this topic we will look at family, nursery rhymes and homes/houses through the story of The 3 Little Pigs. We will keep you updated with current learning through our Facebook page, school website and Learning Journeys. Please remember to look at your child’s learning journey regularly and contribute to it as much as possible. It is a great way for parents to be involved in their child’s learning and keep up to date with what’s happening, (as we know many children say they have done nothing at school!) It would be great to see some pictures of what the children got up to over summer!

This year we are introducing a Key Worker approach when working with and assessing children within EYFS. Each adult will be allocated key children to work with, therefore, if you would like to know who is responsible for your child please see our key worker board which is just inside the nursery door.

We request that all belongings are named, including water bottles and snacks, and please make sure that PE kits remain in school and we will send them home at the end of every half term. Our PE day is a Friday therefore, please can all Reception children have their PE kits (shorts and t-shirt) in school as soon as possible! Nursery children will not need a PE kit until Spring term – we will let you know when they’re needed. We also take part in Welly Wednesday (forest school activities) on a Wednesday afternoon so please could wellies be provided every week or left in school and waterproofs, as we aim to get out in all weathers!

This September we have become a Boromi school. Leaflets and registration forms have been sent home for Reception children initially. We may increase the membership to Nursery as the year goes on. Please return your forms as soon as possible if you’d like to take part or request another letter.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you or your child have any concerns or questions at any point during the remainder of the school year – we are available most evenings after school. Our aim is to make EYFS as enjoyable and memorable as possible and we are really looking forward to the school year and working with you and your children.

Kind Regards,

The Early Years Foundation Stage Team



Excellence in the Heart of the Community

‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Developing

Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development of which three are “prime areas,” and four “specific areas.”  The prime areas are

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

The specific areas are

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world and
  • Expressive arts and design

“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 used as an essential part of children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. There is an on-going judgement to be made by practitioners about the balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults. Practitioners must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.”  (Statutory Framework for EYFS 2012)

Development Matters in the EYFS

 Early Years Policy 2016