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 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:

All about The Early Years Foundation Stage in The Discovery School

 

2021/2022

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 Mrs Flint.

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

We are also very lucky to have Mrs Brown as an extra teaching assistant to support all three classes and we have Mrs Latter who will be in Newton Class on Wednesdays.

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) naiston@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

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

  • Mrs L Moore - lmoore@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Our Curriculum

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:

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

This is the new, up to date curriculum for 2021.

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, usually linked to the children's interests or our topics/focus texts. All provision is carefully planned to ensure children's skills are developed and they make excellent progress across the year. 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.

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we always focus our topics and directed learning around a book. More information for examples of our focus texts is below.

Topic and Focus Text Information

Every term we focus on a different topic and we focus the children's directed 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. 

Topic Web EYFS 2021/22

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 2021/22

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 Ltd (talestoolkit) – Profile | Pinterest

For more information go to:

https://talestoolkit.com/

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

"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. 

Poetry Basket

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 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.

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 across the week. 

For more information please follow the link: Bug Club Presentation

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.

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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. 

A presentation will be uploaded soon giving you more information on how we teach and our expectations for phonics, reading and writing at our school.

Weekly Timetable


Example Timetable

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.

Term 1 Newsletter Sway

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.