Welcome to the new Early Years Foundation Stage page. This is where you will be able to find lots of useful information about our EYFS at Spurcroft Primary School.
Mrs Rhian Davey, Early Years Foundation Stage Team Leader
Our Vision for Early Years
In the Early Years at Spurcroft Primary School our children are happy. They are excited and motivated to learn through our rich and challenging learning experiences and by offering opportunities to explore, take risks and enjoy first-hand experiences.
We have high ambitions for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s stage of development so all can thrive and develop. We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient and confident in themselves and with others.
Every day, we provide opportunities for children to come together to share their experiences and to learn lifelong skills through active learning. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements. The curriculum is centred around children’s interests with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.
Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play and provides children with carefully planned opportunities which allow them to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources.
Additionally, the children have an opportunity to learn through the outdoor environment in our extensive outdoor learning areas, encouraging them to learn in different ways and on different scales, have first-have experience with the natural world and to become physically active.
The role of the practitioner is vital in Early Years, where play-based and child centred learning is at the heart of our practice. The practitioners develop a personal, trusting relationship with each child, enabling them to support their learning journey and their development throughout their time in Early Years.
Routines and Organisation
F1 (Nursery) children attend either morning or afternoon sessions or full time sessions. Throughout their time in Nursery, practitioners support children's develop of communication and language and personal and social skills as well as promoting early phonics, fine motor skills and early maths skills.
F2 (Reception) children participate in daily Topic lessons, which focus on speaking and listening skills , cooperation, concentration and early writing development and daily maths lessons, which promote early counting, number recognition, an understanding of the number system as well as addition and subtraction. Each day there is also phonics and reading sessions, that allow children to hear, identify and use sounds to read and write words and simple sentences.
Our Early Years Classes:
|F1 (Nursery)||F2 (Reception)|
Class Teacher- Mrs Rhian Davey
Key Workers- Mrs Emma Pearce
and Miss Sheppard
Class Teacher- Miss Katherine Stewart
Key Workers- Mrs Jarvis
Class Teacher- Mrs Michelle Benoke
Key Worker- Mrs Jenni Andrews and Mrs Louise Argyle
Our current Topic
In the Early Years teaching and learning is taught through topics that are based on the children’s interests. Children learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult led and independent tasks. The EYFS curriculum promotes independence, communication, self-confidence, determination and the ability to think critically and share children’s thoughts and ideas. The children have independent access to a stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis.
This term we are learning about ‘Under the Sea’.
Below is our current Topic Maps, which shows our focus learning for this term
In the Early Years, we set home learning tasks to support the children in consolidating the learning that we have done at school during the week and to enable parents to be part of their child’s learning journey
Home school learning in EYFS consists of:
Home School Reading Books – Children are given a home school reading book each week and are expected to share this with an adult at home on a daily basis for at least 5 minutes. We use structured, levelled sets of books that grow gradually more challenging over time and aim to develop phonic and comprehension skills. Children should read this book several times at home over the week in order to gain fluency and confidence, and spend time talking about what is happening in the books.
Common ‘Look and Say’ Words – To support children’s reading development, children are issued sets of flash cards to learn at home. These words are common in reading and when recognised, help the children to read with more fluency.
Tapestry Tuesday – As part of developing children’s speaking and listening skills and their confidence, we set practical, skill based weekly tasks for the children to complete at home. We ask parents to upload the children completing these tasks on our online Tapestry Journal so that we can share these with the class. Every Tuesday we will look at what the children have done and enable some children to talk to the class about this.
If your child is away from school due to displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or for self-isolation reasons please find all the learning your child will need to access on the Distance Learning Page here. https://www.spurcroft.w-berks.sch.uk/learning-resources/