Early Years Foundation Stage
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”
– Dr. Seuss
At Servite, we ensure that our Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum supports the children’s natural and instinctive curiosity as unique and inspired explorers of knowledge.
At this stage of a child’s education, learning is often through play. Our pupils begin to get a grasp of the basics of a variety of subjects through fun games and engaging experiences.
We focus on 7 key areas, divided between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The Foundation Stage is a small, self-contained unit with two well-resourced classrooms and a large, shared, stimulating outside area, which can be directly accessed by the children.
Appropriate and purposeful learning opportunities for both inside and outside the classroom are provided for the children by the Nursery and Reception staff.
There are well-established routines that nurture the individual’s independence and establish expectations in a safe and secure environment where they can access their own learning and equipment freely.
The Wider School
Children in the Foundation Stage are well integrated into whole school life, taking part in assemblies, Masses and themed weeks celebrated in the main building.
The Foundation Stage has excellent links with parents who are very supportive of their children’s learning. Parent volunteers spend time with the children, lending their experiences, talents and time in order to help our children grow!
Development and Progress
Each child is seen as an individual.
Our pupils are assessed on entry to the Nursery and are monitored thereafter, following individual targets that are set to ensure that they reach the Good Level of Development (GLD) by the end of Reception.
Each child has a Learning Journey that records their development and progress throughout their time in the Foundation Stage. It is a working document that allows for effective evaluations to be incorporated into planning for next steps to meet the needs of all children.
Planning for this is shared between the Nursery and Reception staff.
We use Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. programme to teach synthetic phonics to the children from Foundation Stage up to Year 2. It is a programme that helps children to learn how to read and write quickly and easily whilst promoting a love of stories.
Workshops are provided to Early Years and Key Stage One parents to gain an understanding of how we use the scheme in school and how best they can support their child’s development at home.
Core reading books are available to all children, from Nursery to Year Two, in order to promote their love of reading. When they are ready, phonics books are introduced to help develop their skills in order to become independent readers.