At Barton Hill Academy, we endeavour to create a warm, supportive environment where your child will know that they are valued and cared for. The care, well-being and educational development of each child is at the heart of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) philosophy. We want our children to be happy, confident and successful, developing positive attitudes towards learning during their early years. Great care and planning is taken to provide a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for each child, their families and carers. Parents and carers are seen as partners in the education of children, and staff take the time and care to help them understand how young children learn. We are aware of the tremendous input you, as parents, have already made in the education of your child and we acknowledge your important role as ‘the child’s first educator’. We aim to establish and develop a partnership between parents, children and teachers.
Learning Through Play
In both Nursery and Reception, your child work alongside qualified Early Years Staff who a member of the EYFS team. Staff will help your child to become familiar with the setting and routines and to feel confident and safe within it. When children feel happy, safe and secure, they are confident to explore and try new things out. Consistent routines and a well organised learning environment throughout EYFS also help to ensure that children settle quickly and the transition from Nursery into Reception is made easier. In the early years of life, children learn through play. It is through play that children make discoveries about themselves and find out about the world around them. By providing a range of play based activities in EYFS, we aim to encourage learning through excitement, fun and discovery. This learning, through play, takes place in an atmosphere of caring and warmth, where each child and their individual needs and achievements are recognised, valued and praised.
The Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum
The curriculum for Nursery and Reception is planned to enable your child to learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through the following 7 areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The approach to learning in the EYFS takes into account each child’s individual needs and abilities and gives the children opportunities to make choices and decisions as they develop their self-awareness and independence. They are encouraged to become independent learners, exploring their interests and abilities within a balance of child-initiated and planned adult-led learning experiences.
Our EYFS learning environment consists of a self-contained Nursery, three Reception classes and an enclosed outdoor garden environment, providing a safe and secure place for your child to grow and develop.
Assessment in Early Years
During Nursery and Reception, evidence of your child's progress and attainment is assessed through observations in the form of notes, jottings, observations and photographs, which can be followed on Tapestry. The information we gather is used to plan activities to move their learning forward. Your child's achievements in the EYFS form the starting point for their primary education. We take into account information provided by parents about their child; encouraging parents contribute to their child's school observational records through Tapestry. We also encourage parents to provide staff with information about their child’s interests and experiences at home, for example, celebrations, special events, visits they have been on, or things in their environment they have taken an interest in, so we can plan meaningful activities for them. We use the information we gather about each child in EYFS to inform teaching and learning in Year One. By the time they leave EYFS Reception, we aim for our children to be happy, confident members of the school community with a desire to learn and achieve.
How is my child's achievement at the end of EYFS assessed?
There are three separate achievement levels within each area of learning of the EYFS curriculum:
- Expected: your child is working at the level expected for his age
- Emerging: your child is working below the expected level
- Exceeding: your child is working above the expected level
Your child’s teacher will assess where your child is working at the end of Reception, based on a wealth of observational assessment information gathered over the year, for each of the seven EYFS areas of learning. On leaving EYFS, at the end of Reception, a child is considered to have a ‘Good Level of Development’ if they have achieved at least 'Expected' in the Early Learning Goals for all aspects of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy and Mathematics.
Supporting your child at home
The most successful children know that their family supports them and shows an interest in their day to day school life.
- Talk to your child about what they are doing at school.
- Encourage them to find out things for themselves.
- Read books with your child. Read their decodable phonic booksTake them to the local library and help them to choose books.
- Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home.
- Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. If you do not have the answer, why not find out together?