At BWI we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and fully subscribe to the statement that:-
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’
The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning –
3 Prime areas – Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development.
4 Specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
These areas are developed through adult led activities, structured play, and child initiated activities, following the children’s interests and topic led themes.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At BWI we take pride in helping our pupils to:
Communication and Language
Communication is key to our children’s learning and embodies our whole curriculum.
Speaking and listening activities are continuous.
Physical development embodies the whole being of the child, which we aim to develop through:
Literacy skills transfer across the whole curriculum – children learn to read and they read to learn. They write for many different reasons and with a purpose, so that they are interested and inspired.
Maths is all around us and children use their whole environment to help them to learn.
Expressive Arts & Design
In the EYFS we put great emphasis on:
Understanding the World
The world around us is a fascinating place in which we all have similar and sometimes different experiences. Children use their senses to explore, and computing to research and support their learning. They are encouraged to:
Assessment in the EYFS
We assess our children all the time, formally and informally through observation of child initiated activities as well as planned adult led activities. Observations and assessments are recorded in different ways, eg actual work, post-its or photographs. Assessment evidence is collated in a Learning Journey on ipads as videos and photographs.
During the EYFS year, each child is assessed as 'Emerging', 'Expected' or 'Exceeding' against the different stages of development within the age bands of 30 to 50 months and 40 to 60 months.
At the end of the EYFS year each child is assessed against Early Learning Goals for each area of learning, Prime and Specific, and deemed to be:
We also observe each child and understand their Characteristics of Learning - Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and thinking critically.
At BWI we see your child’s development as a shared commitment. Communication between home and school is vital and we are proud of our open-door policy for parents. We have a one-to-one meeting with all parents at the start of the year, two Parents Evenings during the year and a report at the end. Each child has a Learning Journal where we record our observations and collect evidence of their progress.
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