Practice in EYFS

In the Foundation Classes, we teach children through play and playful experiences.  We aim to organise a learning environment that is highly engaging and reflects pupils' interests and next steps.  Activities are 'dressed' to excite and inspire curiosity and thinking.

The children choose their learning, exploring activities and resources in a style very similar to their pre-schools, working towards achieving their Early Learning Goals.

Staff have been trained in the Early Years approach of 'ABC', Alistair Bryce-Clegg.  This style of teaching is based on rigorous assessment of pupils and knowledge of their next steps and involves adults playing alongside children and bringing the learning objectives to the children as they play and work on activities of their choosing.

Staff have information about all pupils' current attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths and their next steps for each.  The adult observes pupils and joins in their games and activities, developing story lines, ideas and problems that necessitate development of a particular skill, for example writing.

We use the Jolly Phonics scheme which is a child centered and multi-sensory approach.  The children learn the sounds through fun songs and actions, which in turn helps to consolidate their learning.  Shared and guided reading, writing and Little Big Maths are taught to pupils daily.

We enhance the children's learning experiences by inviting people important to our community, the police, ambulance service and local library service, to speak to us and share their knowledge and experiences.  We also go on at least one educational visit, which usually links to a recent area of learning.