Early Years Foundation Stage at Hemington Primary School
At Hemington Primary School, the Hornbeams Early Years Foundation Stage Unit provides for children from 2 years old up to Reception. Here, children experience a wide variety of structured play and practical experiences in all areas of the curriculum, making excellent use of their well-appointed room and outdoor spaces including the forest area. Children learn best when they are happy, safe and secure. To achieve this, consideration is given to the organisation of our settings and areas of learning. Every effort is made to encourage self-motivation and develop intellectual ability and aptitudes, taking into account different backgrounds. Hornbeams is an integral part of Hemington Primary School. We value the importance of continuity and progression, building upon experiences provided for each child and ensuring that the transition into Year 1 from Hornbeams is as smooth as possible.
Children are offered a range of experiences, some of which are adult led. Activities are structured and show progression. Groups are flexible in size and include individual, small groups or larger groups, depending on the task in hand, and the children’s stages of development.
Four guiding principles shape our practice in early years. These are:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.
- Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. We are inclusive and provide education and care for all children, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Curriculum Intent, At Hornbeams all children will:
- Develop a range of communication skills, including speaking and listening and writing experiences.
- Develop self-confidence and security.
- Develop appropriate attitudes to learning. The experiences given to the child are intended to develop skills, concepts and attitudes. The skills include the social, practical and physical, communication, study and investigative skills. Attitudes are expressions of values and personal qualities that determine behaviour in a variety of situations. These include respect, tolerance, independence, perseverance and curiosity.
- Develop an understanding of themselves in relation to people in their immediate environment and progressing to those in the wider world.
- Acquire mathematical concepts such as sorting, matching, size, shape, number, counting and comparison.
- Have the opportunity to work with computers and programmable toys. Choose and use tools and materials, exploring their potential for cutting, folding, joining and comparing.
- Be encouraged to explore, question, predict, observe and investigate the world around them near and far, and their environment, past and present.
- Acquire gross and fine motor skills through a range of experiences provided by indoor and outdoor play. Physical games and activities, music and movement, provide structured opportunities to improve gross motor control, self-confidence and coordination.
- Develop and extend their imaginative and creative abilities through the media of art, music, dance, stories and role-play.
- Develop an awareness of personal safety and hygiene through structured play.
These principles allow us to provide quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.
Our long term overviews and plans help to structure our intent and implementation - Teach what? When? These are progressive from Nursery and support the mastery of skills for children on track to achieve early learning goals at the end of EYFS. This runs alongside our ‘in the moment’ planning which allows for activities to be adapted to suit children’s current interests.
Observation checkpoints are used to check children are on track and highlight age appropriate stages and end points.
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