Primary and Nursery School
Beaford, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8LJ
What Is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old and ensure that your child will learn and develop well and be kept healthy and safe. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning and is the same curriculum as in pre-reception settings. From September 2021 the EYFS has changed.
What Will My Child Be Learning?
The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:
There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
We will consider your child’s needs and interests to plan challenging and enjoyable activities and experiences. You can help us to do this by sharing your observations of your child’s interests at home.
There are also three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
These tell us about how each child learns not what they are learning
Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
The new curriculum gives us the opportunity to spend more time interacting and playing with your children. This means that we will not be completing as many written observations and putting them in a Learning Journal. Instead your child’s learning will be displayed on a learning board in their classroom along with class books which will include the themes and topics we will be covering. We will share information with you through a weekly communication on Tapestry which you will receive on a Friday. Here is a link for Tapestry where you can find more information about it: https://tapestry.info/ This does mean that we will know your children very well and be able to share observations verbally with you. It is important that we continue to listen to you as parents regularly.
Assessment in the reception year – Baseline
The reception baseline assessment, or RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin in school. It will be undertaken with your child’s class teacher and will measure your child’s progress from reception to year 6. The data from the baseline will not be shared with you and will only be accessed by the DFE. The teacher will be able to spend quality 1-1 time with your child, getting to know them and identifying if they need any further support in certain areas. When your child reaches year 6, you will be able to see the progress your child has made throughout their school journey. If you wish to read further on the reception baseline, then you can find a useful parent booklet here;
Assessment in the reception year – EYFS Profile
Your child will work towards the final assessment at the end of the Reception year, using the new ELGs (Early learning goals). These goals are short statements that teachers assess your child against at the end of the year.
What can you do to help your child?
There is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary. You can help us do this by: