EYFS

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We are incredibly proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage and we work hard to ensure the children make excellent progress through fun and positive play based learning.  We want the children to enjoy school, make friends and be the best they can be.

This PowerPoint is our latest presentation to the families of our current cohort. In it we explain a little about the running of the school day, what the children will need to start their school journey and what they will learn. We hope you find it useful.

Click here to see the EYFS Powerpoint

 

2020/2021

The EYFS at The Discovery School is made up of three classes which are all located by the small side gate. The classes and staff are as follows:

  • Newton Class who are taught by Miss Aiston and Mrs Flint.

  • Jenner Class who are taught by Mrs Boulton, Mrs Baldwin and Mrs Brown.

  • Einstein Class who are taught by Miss Harris and Miss Martin.

We are also very lucky to have Mrs Carter as an extra teaching assistant to support all three classes.

The children are encouraged to be independent and have already established a good routine.  They are able to organise themselves without support both in the mornings and at the end of the day.  All of the children are encouraged to leave their parents at the school gate (don't worry, there will be EYFS members of staff at the gate to support them). The children are excited to meet their friends in the classroom.  The children in EYFS always work exceptionally hard, but they have a lot of fun too!

In EYFS we learn through playing and exploring our environment, this is known as Plan, Learn and Review (PLR).  The children plan what they would like to do, they do it and, at the end of the session, they review what they have learnt.  The children are encouraged to use both the inside and outside learning environments.  All of the children have the opportunity to play with their peers in any of the Foundation Classes.  We have lots of visitors, for example, the Pantomime and Chinese New Year workshops.  All of the children have the opportunity to attend our Forest School, which is an amazing chance to learn about our environment from a qualified Forest Ranger. The Foundation Stage also put on the best Nativity you will ever see! Then at the end of the year we celebrate our achievements and Graduate before moving into Year 1.

If you have any questions, concerns or queries that you would like to discuss with either your child's class teacher or the phase leader, please contact them using the email addresses below:

  • Mrs S Boulton (EYFS Lead/Deputy Headteacher) - sboulton@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Miss N Aiston - (EYFS Phase Manager) naiston@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

  • Miss G Harris - gharris@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Our Curriculum

If you want to know a little bit more about what your child will be learning throughout the year at The Discovery School, please click on the link below:

Development Matters Guidance

Early Learning Goals

The majority of the children's learning in EYFS is through child-initiated play, also known as Plan, Learn, Review. During Plan, Learn, Review, the children plan what they would like to learn through their play, they then carry out their learning and finalise it by reviewing what they have learnt and how they could take it further. To many people, this looks like they are "just playing". However, through the provision and the adults scaffolding, they are developing many skills that link to the Early Years Curriculum, building friendships and making unforgettable memories.  

The rest of the children's learning is taught through adult-directed lessons or group activities. This includes Phonics, Literacy, Maths, PSHE and PE.

The classroom and outside areas are set up to support the teaching of the Early Years Goals. These are carefully planned and linked to the individual needs of the children. This is called continuous provision. Alongside this, we also plan provision enhancements linked to the topics and the children's needs and interests.

Topic Information

Every term we focus on a different topic and we focus the children's learning around this. We also understand the importance of using your children's interests to engage them and develop their skills. In the document below it states our topics, these may change throughout the year as we get to know your child. Below each topic we have listed key dates to remember. 

Topics 2020/2021

Each term we also have a focus text and through the strategy of 'Talk for Writing' (See reading policy for more information), the children learn to retell the stories, learn about their structure and learn to act the story out. Once the children know the story well, we innovate the story and change it using the children's exciting ideas. Below we have attached focus texts across the year.

EYFS Focus Texts 2020/2021

Once the children have experienced a range of texts we encourage the children to begin making up their own stories and we call this the 'invention stage'. To support the children's story telling and writing development we use a too called 'Tales Toolkit', shown in the image below. This helps your child to develop their knowledge of story structure and support their ideas. We believe it is very important that every child gets an opportunity to tell their own stories and bring them to life, we especially love doing this through role play! We also give the opportunity for children to tell their stories by adults writing down their ideas and acting it out as a class. This is a strategy from 'Helicopter Stories'.

Tales Toolkit – Everyone has a story

For more information go to:

https://talestoolkit.com/

https://www.makebelievearts.co.uk/helicopterstorieslettingimaginationfly

Timetable Of The Week


Example Timetable

Our Termly Newsletter


Term 1 Newsletter 

Term 2 Newsletter

Home Achievements

We recognise and understand the importance of your child's learning at home and we love to celebrate their achievements with them at school. Below is a template which can be used to write down any achievements your child makes at home or outside the school setting. This may include an attachment of a picture, a piece of work or a special certificate! We love to hear your child's proud moments (no achievement is too small!) and we even stick them on our 'Home Achievements Discovery Tree' in the classroom.

Our home achievement templates can be collected from your child's class teacher or you may print them.

Home Achievement Apple 


Reading


"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents"
 - Emilie Buchwald.

At The Discovery School we want to develop your child's love for reading. We are very passionate about giving each child a diverse experience of literature and we believe it is very important that this passion is also continued at home. We offer a range of reading opportunities for your child to do at home:

Home Readers

Every week on Monday every week your child will receive 3 books from our reading schemes (please see Reading Policy for more information). These books which match your child's reading ability and this will be frequently assessed and reviewed to ensure the books support their progress. On Thursday these books will be collected in to be quarantined and ready to swap for Monday.

Bug Club

Alongside our home readers we are very lucky to have our own online eBooks. These books match up to our reading schemes so the children are very familiar with them. Your class teacher will allocate these books and your child can access them through their own personal log in:

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/

Your child's individual log in will be sent to you via email.

Your class teacher will make sure that your child has got at least 2 ebooks per week, allowing the children to have 5 different reading opportunities per week (please reading record section on weekly expectations). 

Below I have attached a presentation to give you all the information you need to know on Bug Club. If you have any further questions please email Miss Aiston.

Reading Record

Every child will have their own yellow reading record. Please ensure that your child's reading record book and home readers are in school every day so that we can read with your child at any point. Inside your reading record it gives you a clear example on how to use it.

We encourage the children to 5 times a week outside of school, this is then celebrated in school and your child will receive exciting rewards the following week. 

To ensure your child has evidence of this you must record any reading that happens in the reading record, this enables us to tick off that your child has read.

These books can also be used to communicate with us at any point. 

Phonics

Please see Phonics Curriculum page/Phonics Policy for more information.

Bug Club Presentation

Our Weekly Routines

PE WILL NOT START UNTIL TERM 2.

Jenner, Newton and Einstein will be having PE on a TUESDAY. This will be INDOOR PE so please can you make sure that your child has suitable clothing for these sessions (ie. shorts, PE t-shirt and plimsoles). Can you also make sure that all earrings are removed on this day.

We will hold a small Celebration assembly in class every Friday. So, if your child has any special sporting awards or certificates they would like to bring in to share during this assembly, please send them in on Friday morning.

Please bring a named water bottle into school every day so that your child can have a drink whenever they need one. This bottle should contain water only.

Just a reminder: Only school book bags to be brought into school, no rucksacks.

Please name all of your children's clothes and their belongings.

Can you also make sure that you have told your child's class teacher of any clubs they may be attending and alternative arrangements for collection at the end of the day. You can do this by:

  • writing it in your child's reading record books
  • telling a member of staff on the gate in the morning
  • emailing your child's class teacher
  • emailing or calling the school office 

Provision Maps:

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.