At Springfield Primary School we understand the importance of starting school and how success in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) leads to good progress through school life.
We recognise that children learn and develop well when there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with children and their families. This is enhanced by using the online Learning Journal Tapestry where parents can see observations and interactions staff have had with their children. We also support parents by hosting termly parent presentations and stay and plays to support families in their understanding of learning in the EYFS.
Our reception class follows the curriculum as outlined in the 2021 Statutory Framework of the EYFS. The EYFS Framework includes seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and interconnected. All seven areas of learning are incorporated into the curriculum and planning is cross curricular across all areas.
Our children learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult led and independent activities. They have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that gives them the range of knowledge and skills needed for success in the reception year, a smooth transition into Key Stage 1 and good progress through school life. Experienced early years teachers and teaching assistants ensure the children develop a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child along with assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly. All staff bring an excellent wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of how the youngest pupils in our school learn and develop.
Our outdoor environment includes access to a forest school area which helps to further enhance the children's learning. Through exploring and gaining new learning experiences, engaging with the outdoor environment (whatever the weather) children develop into adaptable, resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
We plan for and deliver daily whole class teaching carpet sessions that include phonics, mathematics, literacy, reading practice and handwriting as well as weekly Physical Development. In addition to our planned teaching sessions all staff plan in the moment to move children’s learning forward, inspired by the children’s own curiosity, understanding and development.