In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Lawley Primary School we aim to provide a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum which addresses the children‘s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and cultural development within a safe, secure, stimulating environment.
The following four principles underpin our everyday practice in the EYFS at Lawley Primary:
Every child is unique: learning at different rates, in different ways and different starting points. Each child has their own story.
Positive relationships: children can learn to be strong and independent from a base of secure and safe relationships with adults and peers. We also aim to nurture the partnership we have with parents by working together in a climate of mutual respect.
Enabling learning environments: that can support, facilitate, extend and challenge a child’s development, both indoors and out, for all children.
Learning and development: providing learning opportunities set in meaningful contexts, a balance of all curriculum areas, indoors and outdoors.
All the seven areas of learning and development are important and linked by themes in our long term planning. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas are the prime areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are also supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are provided with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which they can explore, think creatively and are active. We aim to develop and foster positive attitudes towards learning, confidence, communication and physical development. With this in mind, we have weekly Forest School sessions, that offer children opportunities to achieve and develop through hands on learning experiences.
All Early Years children have extensive opportunities to play. We recognise the importance of learning through play and the provision of stimulating, practical experiences. The children take part in adult-directed, adult-led, child-led and child-initiated play.
We also believe that to prepare children for learning in later years they need to experience sessions of adult led focussed teaching, particularly in the areas of writing, maths and phonics. We strive as Early Years practitioners to create a balance between play based learning and a more formal adult led structure. Children are taught as a whole class for short, regular sessions during the day and are then given opportunities each day to work both with an adult and to access their own learning and work independently within the environment.
At Lawley Primary School the children are independent learners, and they are encouraged to select activities of their choosing from around both the indoor and outdoor environments. Adults plan stimuli each week for the different area of the environment to try and focus and give learning a new direction.
We strive for a smooth transition into our school. We have a large number of feeder settings which we aim to develop good relationships with; we have forged particularly strong links within our Hub “The Ironstone Children’s Hub” with the local nurseries and childcare providers.