In planning and guiding pupils’ learning, our teachers take account of the individual child as well as the different ways in which children learn and reflect this in their practice. Our pupils are taught through a combination of child-initiated learning as well as adult-directed tasks from the very beginning which creates an inspiring, engaging and meaningful curriculum.
A key element of the EYFS is not only what children learn but how they learn and this is outlined through the three Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning:
- Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
- Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
- Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Our environment offers a wide provision which encourages children to learn for themselves through play and exploration. Our pupils are given time and opportunity to become fully engaged in their learning which promotes self-motivation and creativity.
Each child will be assigned a key person and parents/carers will be informed of who this key person is when their child starts school. The key person will help ensure that every child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs as well as engaging with parents/carers in how to support learning at home.
At the end of the Reception year, pupils are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Evidence that records each child’s developmental stage are kept up-to-date with children’s progress and development. At the end of the academic year, parents will receive a report about their child’s achievements against each of the ELGs and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.
Click here to view a summary of the ELGs.