The EYFS Curriculum
The EYFS curriculum has a new statutory framework from September. We have been an Early Adopter School during the current academic year, so we have already been using the current framework.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has three “prime” areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional development; Listening attention and understanding; and Physical Development, and four “specific” areas; Literacy, Mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
Each of these areas will be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child-initiated activity. All activities and experiences are designed and planned to meet individual needs and interests.
Your child will be assessed in these areas, based on their individual development and needs. We share your child’s achievements in their online learning journey. An example of these can be seen below. Parents have the opportunity to view and comment on these observations. We will give you further information about this in September.
Quality play experiences form the basis of each day in Foundation Stage and children are encouraged to initiate and develop their own ideas, working with other children and adults in a variety of contexts both indoors and in the outdoor classroom. Children are encouraged to go with their own interests, with skilled practitioners on hand to observe, scaffold play, model vocabulary and question children to extend their learning.
Throughout the year we will have parent workshops to share more information on how we teach phonics, as well as sharing fun and engaging ways that you can extend and support your child's phonic knowledge at home.
We also use these as an opportunity to promote our love of reading, providing the opportunity for parents to share new stories and enjoy various different reading activities.
Alongside reading, we use focus sessions to teach children early writing skills.We then use our environment to encourage children to write in meaningful and purposeful ways, always going with the children's interests. This shows that these early writing skills are embedded as all of the writing is done independently.
Continuous provision is the resources and areas that are laid out for your child to explore freely. They are safe to explore, as well as challenging and engaging. It allows children to be creative with the way they approach it.
We take notice of the ongoing and changing interests of the group and tailor the provision to match these, as well as their next steps. We give children the freedom to be independent choice-makers. This allows the children to be active learners and to take control of their own learning. Our provision is carefully thought out and planned with every single little one in mind.
All of the following are on offer to children daily. Sometimes these are ‘enhanced’ to fit in with a class theme or children’s interest: Play dough, construction, fine motor activities, mud kitchen, small world, books / stories, deconstructed role play, creative / writing activities.
Characteristics of effective learning
One of the key elements of Early Years is observing how your child learns. Whether they persevere and show determination or explore to find their own methods and concepts…….
We value the diversity of each and every child in our care and celebrate their differences and individual characters.
Our school day
The school day begins at 8:50 am. Children are greeted at the doors by a member of staff and shown into the classroom. They will then have morning jobs to complete, such as name writing.
Lunch time is at 11:45 am until 1:00 pm. Your child is entitled to a free school meal. There are hot meal options & a picnic plate. Your child can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. FS2 staff support children at lunchtime for the first few weeks.
The school day ends at 3:15 pm.
This is where children will go after they have eaten their dinner and as they move further up school they will spend morning and afternoon break times here.
Whilst the children are in FS2, they will have a cordoned off area to separate them from the rest of the school during dinner times. They will be joined in here by dinnertime supervisors and some of the Year 6 sports leads.
- All children must wear school uniform. Please ensure everything is clearly named. 30 jumpers all look the same!
- Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at all times as the children go outside in all weathers.
- Warm coat, hat, scarf, gloves in winter.
- Sun hat, sunglasses and sun cream in summer.
- A pair of named wellies may be left at school.
- A set of spare clothes : in case of accidents!
- We encourage children to have a book bag to put their reading book in.
- PE kit (FS2): We won’t start PE sessions until after October half term, so don't worry about ordering these for when they start. Children will be allocated to a house and will have a specific coloured t-shirt for their house.
At Hoyland Common children are required to wear our logoed uniform which is supplied through Vortex Clothing Company. Uniform order forms are available to download from the school website or you can collect one from the school office (please ring the office in advance.) Uniform orders are collected weekly and any orders are returned to school within 1 week. Uniform can also be ordered directly through Vortex Clothing Company to either be delivered to school or collected at a time convenient to yourself. Please ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled. Uniform can also be ordered online where you can select from options such as deliver to school, deliver to home or collect from Vortex. To order online please use: https://www.vortexschoolwear.co.uk/Primary-Schools/Hoyland-Common-Primary-School/
- We provide a healthy snack each day for your child.
- We have a variety of fruit and vegetables available along with something like breadsticks, crackers or toast.
- We try to provide a wide variety of foods for the children try.
- We ask for a donation each week to fund this.
Children get a number of choices for school dinners, including hot and cold options. This is free in Foundation stage and Key Stage 1.
There are some key things that you can practise with your child at home to help them get "school ready".
- Support with dressing: Helping your child to start dressing themselves is really helpful for when they get to school. When we start doing PE and they need to get changed into their PE kit, this is really helpful for the child as they don't need to wait or an adult to help them.
- Fastening coats: Children will be going out in all weathers, with an adult not stationed in the cloakroom. Therefore it will be helpful to get children to start practising fastening their coats. We will of course help any children that are still struggling when they arrive in school.
- Toileting: Getting children to toilet independently is really important for when they start school. We will of course help children if they have accidents in school.
- Name writing practise: Getting children to practise writing their first name, so they can write it on any pictures they create in school.
- Using a knife and fork: Getting children to practise using a knife and fork, so they can eat their dinner independently during dinner times in school. We will help cut up food if children need support with this in the first few weeks.
We are spending lots of time trying to plan for the year ahead to give your child the best possible start and transition into school life. The year flies by and the progress and development that occurs is overwhelming!
Use this time to enjoy as a family and treasure the special moments spent together.
If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to try and alleviate any concerns you may have. We look forward to us all being part of this fantastic journey!