Early Years Foundation Stage
At Atwood we aim for our pupils to graduate EYFS as happy, resilient, self-motivated, confident, independent and engaged learners who are curious about their community and the wider world. We focus on the vital prime areas (PSED: Personal, Social, Emotional Development, CLL: Communication, Language Literacy and PD: Physical Development) intensively to give an excellent grounding for the specific areas of learning, (Literacy, Maths, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design). Our curriculum gives children opportunities to flourish and develop in all areas of their learning. We seek to provide rich experiences in an enabling school environment and further afield, promoting future life skills whilst drawing on the characteristics of effective learning. We look forward to seeing our pupils continue to thrive as lifelong learners.
What is our approach to Early Years?
Our approach is shaped by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, Early Learning Goals, Development Matters and EExAT statements – these capture what children should be achieving and by when. The precise EExAT statements, tracked in age bands, are constantly used to assess children’s development guiding the curriculum and planning.
The Topic Overviews set out units covered throughout the year moving from Prime Areas to the specific areas – expanding from ‘me’ to the wider world. There is a strong focus on CLL and a vocabulary rich environment alongside explicit modelling which helps to close any vocabulary deficits.
Interventions, booster groups, effective teaching and the use of Graduated Response Charts (detailing additional support) help to support additional need. There is also a strong focus on developing independence, curiosity, self-motivation, self-regulation and enthusiasm.
Each topic has dedicated enrichment activities and trips to further develop cultural capital. Parents are invited to come on trips, both local, weekly outings and topic based trips, such as the Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Odds Farm and the Theatre.
What does our approach to Early Years look like in the classroom?
The enabling environment in EYFS provides children with the opportunity to select resources independently and take ownership of their own interest and learning. There is a balance of adult and child initiated learning. Formal teaching happens in the mornings in Phonics, Literacy and Maths Mastery. Afternoons are filled with enrichment activities such as Dance, Drama, PE, Music, Park club, nature activities and time for continuous provision where children can explore and develop their own passion for learning and investigative play.
As with the rest of the school, and developed through ILT training, teachers receive regular coaching on their practice helping to develop exposition and alignment with the school’s approach, ensuring they are reflective practitioners. Teaching adapts and responds, providing in the moment feedback, correction and explanation to address misconceptions.
You can view our approach chart here EYFS approach.pdf
How do we measure success in Early Years?
We have strong GLD outcomes year on year. The EExAT tracker is updated continuously with observations (including from parents). Phonics half termly assessments also show progress against expected Read Write Inc standards. Children also develop articulate and confident oral skills – answering in grammatically correct full sentences. They are resilient risk takers with a have a go attitude.
You can view our pupil outcome here Atwood Pupil Outcomes.pdf
EExAT Parents Guide EExAT_Help_Guide_for_Parents.pdf
Maths Mastery Reception Curriculum Map MM.pdf
RWI Parent workshop slides https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
RWI Phonics workshop https://youtu.be/7IeqBDWtiC8
What to expect when? https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf
Curriculum newsletters and timetables can be found by clicking into the Curriculum tab at the top of the main screen.
All parent workshop material will be uploaded after the workshop has taken place.