The Early Years Curriculum at The Quinta
At The Quinta we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the key building block for a child's development. Key to this is the partnership working between parents and school. Together with parents we aim to make your child's first year in school happy, fun, interesting and exciting through the curriculum we deliver.Getting this right together ensures children become life long learners and are children who enjoy learning, engage in learning and have enquiring minds.
During the first year of their school life your child will experience a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. They will learning through active, purposeful and planned activities that reflect the children's daily interest. They will also experience a daily phonics lesson and daily adult-led guided maths and literacy sessions. This is supported by access to an outside learning area and visits and visitors to enrich their learning experience.
The EYFS Curriculum:
The Early Years Foundation Curriculum has seven areas of learning; these seven areas are sub divide into two other areas (see below). All areas of the curriculum are equally important and all are planned for.
The Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional development
The Specific Areas of Learning
Understanding The World
Expressive Arts and Design
Each of these areas has a number of different Early Learning Goals statements. These statements are the standards children are expected to reach at the end of the EYFS. Please see the attached document which shares the Early Learning Goal statements. Remember this is a journey your child is undertaking over a twelve month period.
Assessing your child's achievements
Observation on a daily basis is the prime way staff assess your child. These observations cover all sections of the school day from assembly time through to child and adult led activities. These observation also inform planning and next step learning.
To support these observation staff also use a variety of different assessment for phonics, literacy (reading and writing) and maths. These assessments also inform planning.
These observation and assessments are recorded on an electronic system called Learning Book. As parents you will have password access to this and can both read how your child is progressing and contribute to it by adding what your child has achieved outside school. Staff will support you in accessing this system.
The Quinta holds parent meetings at least twice a year so you can discuss your child's progress and achievements. At the end of the year you will receive a report which will include the EYFS Profile. The EYFS Profile is a statutory assessment that is completed in the final term of the year in which they turn 5. It summaries your child's achievements against the 17 Early Learning Goals at the end of the EYFS.
Should you have any questions please come in to see us.
Mrs L Gratton (EYFS Leader Reception 2 teacher)
Miss L Jackson (EYFS -Reception 1 teacher)