EYFS Phase Leader: Mr C Ruane
Nursery Lead: Mrs J Thompson & Mrs L Lewis
Nursery Support: Mrs L Franklin
Nursery Support: Mrs R Uppal
Nursery Support: Miss R Meddings
Nursery Support: Miss S Dearn
Nursery Support: Miss A Sharratt
Class Teacher: Mrs S Bridgewater
Class Support: Mrs L Watts
Class Teacher: Mr C Ruane
Class Support: Miss N Roden
Class Teacher: Mrs K Whiteley
Class Support: Mrs S Parker
At East Park the children are at the heart of everything we do. Our timetable consists of elements of daily direct teaching of basic skills including phonics, writing and maths, alongside extended sessions of continuous provision. We believe in the importance of children following their own interests and leading their own learning through accessing our enabling indoor and outdoor environment. Our highly skilled adults, both teachers and support staff, observe and identify teachable moments that can take place as children access our high quality provision.
Through our EYFS practice, we aim to:
· Provide a secure, safe and happy learning environment
· Provide a secure foundation for learning and childhood development
· Have provision that provides a high level of engagement
· Plan learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interest of each individual child
· Incorporate the key characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically
· Create a strong partnership between school and home
· Provide all children with equality of opportunity
· Promote teaching and learning that ensures ‘Year 1 readiness’
The principles that underpin our EYFS approach at East Park Academy are:
· Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
· Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
· Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents
· Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates
At East Park Academy our EYFS consists of a 90 place Reception and a 40 place morning nursery and a 40 place afternoon nursery. In January 2019 we will also launch our 30 hour provision through the setting up of Little Parkers.
Our Nursery and Reception setting follow the curriculum as outlined in the 2017 statutory framework of the EYFS. This framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and all inter-connected:
We also use the non-statutory Development Matters document to support our teachers in making summative judgements and identifying next steps for our children to deepen, challenge and extend their learning. Our EYFS teachers plan weekly direct teaching of phonics, writing and maths and a series of challenges that are placed throughout both indoor and outdoor provision. Staff plan experiences that will enable children to develop and learn effectively and take into account the individual needs, interests and developmental stage of each child.
Our Nursery and Reception classrooms consist of a range of interest centres including a role play area, sand and water play, a reading area, construction area and a small world area. Resources are always available to the children and are organised so that children can access them independently throughout each day. Children have the choice of where they choose to learn. Nursery and Reception share an outdoor area that consists of six learning zones. Each week challenges are placed throughout the provision to support children in developing their skills and to increase their levels of engagement. Our three Reception classes also share a focused teaching corridor that is used for small group direct teaching.
Providing a narrative
Facilitating and setting challenges
Using sustained shared thinking
All adults also lead ‘Direct teaching’ sessions in phonics, writing and maths.
Below is a video of images of how we developed our Early Years environment to maximise the children's learning opportunities.
At the end of each week we send out a homework slip detailing what our Topic for the week was, as well as our learning in Literacy and Maths. Parents are then encouraged to discuss and write down what their child has said that they enjoyed about their learning, as well as completing a set Literacy and Maths task. The slip also informs parents what our Topic for next week is, as well as the story (Literacy) and Maths focus.
Useful Parent Links
01902 558899 (Option 3 for Year Group Leader)