This year we have 40 children in our EYFS unit. We have two teachers; Miss Healey and Mrs Taylor who is the Early Years Leader. Mrs Stocks, Miss Edwards and Mrs Bevan are our wonderful Teaching Assistants.
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‘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 2021)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four principles:
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
The specific areas are
The children are split into three groups this year and are taught in small groups for phonics, guided reading, writing and mathematics throughout the day. The rest of the time the children have access to continuous provision both indoors and out. Throughout this time the children also complete enhancements that link to certain areas of the curriculum.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. When children feel emotionally safe and secure they are able to explore and find out about the place they are in and the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate. In the EYFS the environment is described in terms of three aspects: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor environment. These three aspects of the environment together make up the environment for learning in the EYFS.
At Thorn Primary School our vision is that all children are taught in a stimulating learning environment with high quality resources. Our Reception classroom is organised into separate areas. Each of the areas are carefully planned and resourced in order to provide the children with many different learning opportunities in their play.