In EYFS at Coleridge Primary School, we provide the ideal start for a child to develop their confidence as a playful, motivated and independent learner, within a safe and caring, yet challenging, vibrant and enriching setting.
We believe that a classroom where children feel valued and can grow in confidence, helps them to feel happy, settled and secure. Our child-centred approach aims to support each child to develop holistically and at their own pace. We provide an enabling environment, promoting communication and language skills, whilst ensuring that learning is engaging and enjoyable.
Our school’s core values: Aspire, Desire, Believe, Achieve are firmly embedded in our daily routine; as we encourage the children to be risk takers and set ambitious goals that they want to achieve, support them to believe they can do it and then celebrate their success when they achieve it.
Learning happens through investigation, exploring and immersive, hands-on experiences within a play-based curriculum. To support the children to achieve their own goals and to make amazing progress during their time in EYFS, we ensure that there is a good balance of direct teaching and child-led play in a purposeful high quality environment which supports and extends their learning. Our team is dedicated to bringing out the best in the children and our plan for learning is based on the children’s own interests and needs. We have high expectations of all children and set challenging but achievable challenges and always encourage them to try their best. They are provided with many, varied opportunities to develop and we nurture their confidence so that they can all make positive steps towards achieving their potential.
We value the importance of the outdoor environment, ensuring that children have the opportunity to learn about the world around them, in a natural and safe space. Children are allowed to take managed risks, which both supports their growth and allows them to become critical thinkers, and confident, independent learners.
Every child has their own online Learning Journey, which documents the progression and own unique experience throughout their time in EYFS which parents are also able to see and contribute to. We value the fantastic partnerships that we have with parents and ensure that transitions are smooth and that we work together to provide the best possible care and education for all children.
“The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.”- Early Adopter EYFS Framework 2020.
In EYFS we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life to enable them to achieve their full potential. We know that children quickly develop in the early years and that a child’s experiences between birth and 5 years have a major impact on their future life chances. At Coleridge Primary we ensure all children access high quality teaching and learning to gain knowledge and develop the skills needed to be successful learners in EYFS and beyond. We ensure that all children make good progress and that they gain a secure foundation by planning for the learning and development of each individual child and continually reviewing the impact of this.
Our curriculum has been designed by planning for the needs of the children at Coleridge Primary School for all of the 7 areas of learning. We used the Early Adopter EYFS framework (view framework) and the Early Adopter Development matters document (view document) to give us a base for our learning as well as considering other knowledge and skills that were important to our children. We planned an ambitious and exciting curriculum to ensure our pupils are engaged and enjoy learning and therefore make fantastic progress.
Our curriculum allows children to develop and learn knowledge and skills in the following areas.
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
We ensure that children are exposed to a good balance of direct teaching and learning through play. In EYFS we use carpet time to deliver direct teaching sessions for all areas of learning. We also use objective led planning to target certain objectives and to ensure that children are always challenged and that their thinking and knowledge is extended. We use assessments and our knowledge of the children to plan continuous provision and enhancements which will support the children to learn and develop in all 7 areas of learning. We analyse our assessments regularly to identify areas of learning that the children need more support with and then saturate the environment with opportunities for the children to develop these skills both through direct teaching within the environment from an adult and independently through play. Our environment is key to the children’s development. Adults model how to use the areas effectively and use sustained shared thinking to extend children’s learning and thinking and to model learning behaviours.
Literacy and Communication and Language
Literacy and communication and language is at the heart of our curriculum. We value these key skills as without them, children would not be able to access other areas of the curriculum.
Phonics is key to teaching children to read quickly during EYFS. In F1 children begin the year by learning and developing phase 1 phonics skills. When they are secure with phase 1 aspects they then begin to learn graphemes using the Read Write Inc scheme. This then continues into F2 where children are taught to recognise more graphemes including digraphs and trigraphs and they are taught to segment and blend these graphemes to read words and then sentences. Children quickly progress through the Read Write Inc scheme during their time in EYFS at Coleridge Primary School. More information about this can be found in the RWI section of our website.
As well as phonics, we also know how important it is to expose children to high quality story books. Each week we focus on a core story in both FS1 and FS2. The core stories are carefully chosen to ensure that they support the development of language and vocabulary as well as being engaging and exciting stories to promote a love of reading. These stories are used in teaching and read repetitively so that children have memorable knowledge of quality stories. Although these stories are core to our curriculum, children are also immersed in a wider range of books and stories through, daily stories, recommended reads, character visits and dress up day.
At Coleridge, it is very important to us that children make rapid progress with communication and language and so it is embedded within everything that we do. We have implemented lots of extra opportunities throughout the day for children to practise using the skills that are taught. This includes at snack time, during daily time to talk sessions, during Helicopter story sessions and using Poetry basket to learn to recite poems.
At Coleridge Primary School we want all children to love maths and be confident mathematicians. Our maths curriculum is centred in having high expectations for every child whilst aiming to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop a secure grounding in number sense giving them the confidence and belief to tackle problems. The teaching of maths is grounded in research and teachers have opportunity to regularly access high quality CPD resulting in self-aware, reflective practice where everyone believes in getting better in order to help children understand concepts more deeply.
Children learn and develop mathematical concepts throughout the whole day. Direct teaching sessions are led by the teacher to teach children concepts and then enhancements are added to the environment for children to practise and extend the skills they have learnt. Maths concepts are also taught through daily routines such as self-registration, voting for story, tidy up time and snack time.
Mathematical reasoning and talk is encouraged across school. Children are encouraged and supported by adults to reason and problem solve. Stem sentences are used to support mathematical discussions.
Please see our long term plans for more details about our bespoke curriculum for children at Coleridge.
Phonics and Literacy
Supporting your child with learning to write- part 1
In this video we will explain how we teach children to write simple words at school in EYFS and how you can support your child at home with their writing.
Read Write Inc letter formation rhymes
In EYFS, we will upload home learning ideas linked to our topic that you can complete with your child at home each half term. This can be found on the school website on the Home Learning portal in the folder named Homework. Click here to take you to this page. If you complete any of these activities, please upload a photo and comment about what your child has done to Tapestry so that we are able to see it. We love to see home learning on Tapestry, so please feel free to upload any learning done at home, even if it isn’t a set task from their teacher
It is very important for children to be exposed to high quality stories to develop their language and reading skills. In each class we have a class library where you can borrow books to take home and read with your child. You can also go on to the Get Epic website to access stories that your children can listen to. Every time your child reads a book on Get Epic they earn points for their class.
In F2, children begin to bring home phonics books which they can read themselves when appropriate. Please support your child to read these books at home as often as possible. You can also access phonics books for the children to read themselves on Get Epic.
Please record on Tapestry every time your child listens to a story or reads their phonic book at home so that we are able to see.
- Get Epic – On Get Epic you can access books for your children to listen to and also books that match their phonic ability once they are beginning to read words themselves.
- Phonics Play – On Phonics Play your child can play phonics games.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Fun yoga sessions for children linked to stories
- Numberblocks – Children can watch episodes of numberblocks and play numberblocks games on the website.
- Teach your monster to read app – A great app to support your child to learn phonics
- Topmarks – Children can access fun educational games
In EYFS at Coleridge Primary School we understand the importance of children having real life experiences to broaden their knowledge and understanding and to allow them to succeed in EYFS and beyond.
Real life experiences increase motivation, improve behaviour, develop communication and language and develop understanding of the world.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
We have carefully thought about the things that the children at Coleridge need to experience in order to prepare them and support them to be successful, independent learners.
We have created ’50 things to do before you’re 6 at Coleridge’ which is a list of 50 invaluable experiences that we will expose the children to during their time in EYFS.