Our Class Information:
THE EYFS CURRICULUM
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) at Stokesay Primary School is made up of Rainbow 1 (Nursery class) and Rainbow 2 (Reception class). We spend some time separately as classes but share CIL (Child Initiated Learning) sessions each day as well as assembly times and music.
Learning in EYFS covers 7 areas. The Prime areas of learning are in: Personal, Social and Emotional learning, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The Specific areas are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Underpinning these areas are the CEL (characteristics of effective learning) which includes how engaged the children are, how well motivated they are and how they think creatively and critically, this involves problem solving.
We work on a joint half-termly themes which link to a long term EYFS unit plan. We aim to deliver the curriculum with an active, fun, hands-on approach involving opportunities to work in different settings including the outdoors, Forest Schools and taking children on educational visits.
In Rainbow 1 there is a focus on the Prime areas of learning with daily delivery of Letters and Sounds. Each session includes a block of CIL through play and AD (Adult-Directed) activities in other areas of learning.
In Rainbow 2 daily teaching includes Letters and Sounds, either Literacy or Mathematics, and learning across other areas. There are also regular CIL sessions throughout the week some of which are shared with Rainbow 1.
Each day children in Rainbow 1 need to have with them a change of clothing, water bottle if desired and a coat ready for outside learning.
Children in Rainbow 2 need to have a P.E. kit in school weekly, a water bottle daily and their book bag with reading diary and Bear Words booklet. Children's reading books are changed every Monday and Thursday by either the class teacher or teaching assistants.
At Stokesay we a record your children’s progress via an online learning journey.
Using a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’ every child in the Early Years at Stokesay has their own individual learning journal. By logging on with a secure username and password parents are able to access their child’s journal.
Tapestry online learning journeys allow parents to view their child’s observations and photographs from their time here, almost as they happen! We will also reference children’s learning to the EYFS profile. This keeps parents informed of the areas of learning in which their child is achieving, also, the age band they were working in for the observed activity.