"Every avalanche begins with the movement of a single snowflake, and my hope is to move a snowflake."
The period from age three to the end of the Reception year is described as the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.
At Keevil School we have a Reception / Year One class called Winter Class.
The intent of our whole school curriculum is to ensure our pupils develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to achieve fulfilling lives. The EYFS is the start of our pupils' school journey towards achieving this important purpose.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This curriculum is broad and varied and enables the children to learn how to be learners through engagement, enthusiasm, curiosity and play. We are guided by, and highly value, the four themes that make up the principles of the EYFS:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
The EYFS is based on seven areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At Keevil we use the EYFS curriculum to identify the Characteristics of Effective Learning. This shows us how each child engages with other people and their environment, how they play and explore, if they are active learners and if they are creating and thinking critically. we provide opportunities for children to explore and take risks through child initiated play and teacher directed activities indoors as well as outdoors. Our aim is to help each child reach their full potential.
We observe children through child initiated play as well as teacher led activities. We use these observations to assess each child using the EYFS curriculum (2021) which informs us for each individual’s next steps. We use ‘Tapestry’, an online learning journal, to document learning and the most special moments to them both at school and home and capture the child’s voice and perspective of their own learning. Tapestry offers a valuable communication tool between parents, who are able to access this securely, and school.
We value our partnership with parents and strive to support their understanding of their child’s education. This begins with a welcome evening in July, a Phonics workshop in September and 2 parents meetings in a year. We hold regular ‘stay and play Mornings’ where the children share their work and classroom environment with parents/carers.
Children have regular taught sessions of Phonics, Maths and Literacy.
For Phonics we follow the Little Wandle Scheme.
For Maths we follow The White Rose Scheme.
In Reception, we go on visits throughout the year both in the local community and beyond. Children enjoy a variety of enhancing experiences that ensure what they are learning comes alive for them. There are daily opportunities for outdoor learning in the EYFS area. We are proud to note that Reception children participate in all our church services, the Nativity, school wide events and (later in the year) School Council.
At Keevil, transition from pre-school to Reception is a real strength. We offer stay and play sessions, where parents/carers can come and interact with their child in their school environment; a separate stay and play, where the children get used to their new setting with the class teacher and TA. The teacher will also visit and speak to staff in their nurseries and pre-schools. This ensures we have a rounded a picture of the child prior to them joining us in September.