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 engaging play based learning. We want the children to have an unforgettable experience, in which they learn life long skills and gain an amazing, positive start to their education.
Below is the link to a Sway for you to watch to give your more information about our setting. In this we explain a little about the running of the school day, what the children will need to start their school journey, key information and how their learning in EYFS will look on a day to day basis. Please click the red text below to be taken to the Sway:
The EYFS at The Discovery School is made up of three classes.
The class names and staff are as follows:
Newton Class who are taught by Miss Aiston and Mrs Baldwin.
Jenner Class who are taught by Mrs Moore and Miss Sales.
Einstein Class who are taught by Miss Harris and Miss Martin.
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:
Miss N Aiston - (EYFS Phase Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss G Harris - email@example.com
Mrs L Moore - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to know more about what your child will be learning throughout the year at The Discovery School, please click on the link below to find out about the EYFS curriculum:
This is the new, up to date curriculum for 2021. We have simplified this for you so you can see more clearly examples of how your child might progress within their time in Reception
The majority of the children's learning in EYFS is through child-initiated play, also known as Plan, Learn, Review. The children plan what they would like to do, they engage in their learning and, at the end of the session, they work with the class to review what they have learnt. The children are encouraged to use both the inside and outside learning environments, which are set up with continuous and enhanced provision. Continuous provision are the resources which are set up all the time in the environment and our enhanced provision are weekly resources or activities which are set up and link to our termly curriculum overview (see below). All provision is carefully planned to ensure children's skills are individually developed and learning opportunities are personalised to ensure every child makes excellent progress in their learning journey. Our environments are both supportive and challenging for our children.
Alongside this the children are taught through adult-directed lessons or group activities. These include lessons such as phonics, literacy, maths, PSHE, PE and many more. Through these inputs we teach the children new skills which they can then apply independently through their play.
Our Curriculum Overview
Across the year we focus the children's learning through a topic and the children work together to decide a 'Question for Discovery'. The learning that takes place each term will be focussed around this enquiry and their next steps in learning. We understand the importance of using the children's interests to engage them in their learning so we focus our topics around this. In the document below it states our topics across the year, these may change throughout the year as we get to know the children. In this document we have also listed key dates to remember linked to the curriculum. This document will be updated regularly to show any changes:
Alongside this we have a termly curriculum overview which includes the skills we will be learning across the term. It is great to keep up to date with our termly overview as you may continue to practise these skills at home with your child.
For every topic and 'question of discovery', we choose a focus text and through the strategy of 'Talk for Writing' (See reading policy for more information), the children learn to act out and retell exciting stories. Once the children know the story well, we innovate the story and change it using the children's exciting ideas.
Below we have attached example focus texts across the year:
These may change due to the children's interests or change in topic. Sometimes the children even vote for the story they would like to learn!
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'.
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"If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old they are usually among the best readers by the time they're eight" - Mem Fox.
We are passionate about giving the children a rich experience of different texts and language so we also teach the children how to retell exciting poetry. We follow The Poetry Basket by Helicopter Stories to do this.
"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:
Every Monday your child will receive 3 books from our reading scheme, these books will 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.
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:
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 across the week.
For more information please follow the link: Bug Club Presentation
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, Reading and Writing Workshop
For more information about how we teach reading and writing in EYFS, please view our phonics, reading and writing workshops:
Maths in the Early Years
In Reception your child will be learning a range of mathematical skills which include number, counting, ordering, sorting, patterns, problem solving and will learn a range of mathematical language. An interest in maths and problem solving will be encouraged through games and fun hands on activities. Much of your child’s learning will come from exploring and talking about maths in the world around them and how they can use these mathematical skills in day to day tasks or exploration.
"Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers." Development Matters 2021
Below is a useful video to help you understand the important mathematical skills which are taught in the early years:
Useful websites to support your child's maths at home:
At our school we use Tapestry which is an online learning journal for each child. Your child will have their own individual log in, in which you can view weekly pictures or videos of your child's learning. You can comment on these observations and you can add your child's home achievements, which we can celebrate at school! Alongside Tapestry your child will also have their own 'Journal of Discovery' in which we will keep all their amazing work. These will be sent home regularly for you to enjoy looking at with your child.
Below is a simple user guide:
Below is an example of our weekly timetable, please remember this changes depending on the needs of the children:
Our Weekly Routines
Jenner, Newton and Einstein will be having PE on a MONDAYS. Please can you make sure that your child has suitable clothing for these sessions, please refer to our school uniform page for more information.
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.
Please ensure your child brings in their book bag every day.
Our Termly Newsletter
Every term a newsletter will be send out to parents via email, these will be on displayed on a Sway.
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.