Early Years Foundation Stage

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.

It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and our Early Years staff will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year in school. The EYFS curriculum enables staff to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.

For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having members of staff within the class who get to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you as a family.

The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These are the three prime areas of:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.

A partnership

The EYFS also encourages staff and parents/carers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher and communication through Learning Journeys and Learning Logs. At Hope Wood Academy, we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is of vital importance to your child’s education that their attendance is consistently very good. We consider attendance and punctuality to be of the upmost importance throughout school. Good attendance and punctuality prepares your child for their schooling journey and enables them to have the most enriching learning experiences.

We follow a play-based curriculum, where children learn about themselves, each other and their environment through exploration and investigation. We believe that each child is a unique and special individual who is encouraged to learn and develop to their fullest potential, whether by working on ASD-friendly approaches or sensory activities. Through topics, role play and sensory areas, we make sure that our pupils have fun and excitement along each step of the way of their Learning Journey.

If you have any queries regarding our curriculum please contact us at: hopewood@ascenttrust.org