Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes at Goldbeaters.
Our educational programmes involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, roleplay, and design and technology.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals at Goldbeaters will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools but it's suitable for very young children and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Reading and Homework:
Children must do their Champion Reader homework every day. This involves sharing a book together at home for ten minutes daily. A homework task to do at home together is given every Friday and needs to be returned on the following Wednesday. This task will support the learning that has taken place that week at school and the book they have read.
Children go out and about in the local area. Year group trips take place each term and we will let you know in advance regarding dates and parent helpers.
What you need for Reception
- School Uniform
- A warm and waterproof coat
- Spare clothes
- A book bag
- A healthy lunch (if not having school dinners)
- A big smile!
- Read the weekly newsletter
- Come in and help
- Read with small groups of children
- Talk to your child about what happened at school today