Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) page, otherwise known as Nursery and Reception.
“Children in the early years thrive as a result of enthusiastic teaching and an interesting curriculum” Ofsted 2019
Our aspirational, motivational and challenging curriculum supports hands on learning through play in our indoor and outdoor leanring environments, through continous Provision, where children will engage in self-initiated tasks in order to develop the skills in all seven curriculum areas. Because we recognise that the way in which children learn now, will enable them to become lifelong learners, we embed the principles of the Characteristics of Effective Learning in our practice, planning, assessments and dialogue with the children.
We want children to be happy coming to school, and whilst in school, and to see learning as interesting and fun, and for them to become independent and imaginative learners who manage their emotions as well as direct their own learning journeys.
Through the positive relationships we build with the children in our setting, and with their families, we are able to put every child’s unique interests at the heart of our teaching and learning. We pride ourselves on being able to support our children's development by carefully balancing our teaching between child initiated play and focused and directed sessions and enable our children to be leaders of their own learning journeys. Our curriculum is balanced between seasonal enhancements over the year, enriched play experiences based on the childrens own interests and questions, quality texts that meet all areas of learning and an environment which is carefully planned to meet every step of each childs development all supported by quality first teaching that is driven by evidence based pedagogies. When entwined, these aspects of our curriculum allows our offer to be as broad as it is personal.
We follow the Governments 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, as this sets the standards that we must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe, and learn and develop the knowledge and skills they need to be ready to start school. At Ferney Lee, we base our planning, learning and assessment cycles on the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL) and the seven areas of learning presented within this statutory document.
Focused and directed Learning Opportunities
Reception conduct various directed teaching sessions over the course of a week. These include Read Write Inc phonics, focused maths, literacy, topic and RE sessions; PE with our Early Years PE practitioner, music sessions, and a series of Forest School sessions with our Forest School Accredited Early Years teacher Mrs Haymer.
In Nursery, direct teaching sessions (or carpet time sessions) increase over the school year. Read Write Inc sessions begin in the Summer term, whilst PE, Forest School and Music occur throughout the year.
Every child will make good progress, develop their individual potential and be ready for the next stage of their learning.
Parents as partners
We actively encourage parental participation as valuable partners in supporting and celebrating children’s achievements. Parents have open invitations to visit their child’s class, and it is requested that they always do so during their child’s focus week. We also encourage parents to volunteer in class, attend special events and open days, and assemblies. We enable regular opportunities for communication about each child's progress, either face to face or through Seesaw, the learning and sharing app (current covid related regulations permitting).
Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR