Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery every effort is made to provide a full and interesting curriculum to prepare children for their future education and to give them the skills and enthusiasm to pursue learning for the rest of their lives. We therefore provide a carefully planned range of practical and structured play activities within a calm, happy and stimulating environment. We believe children should have the opportunity to learn through play and that learning should be fun, engaging and suitably challenging.
The ethos of our school places appropriate emphasis on high expectations for education and care. We aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a supportive and positive environment. We provide an education that is broad and balanced and encourages the development of the whole child.
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014)
Throughout the early years foundation stage (EYFS) there is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class, adult led focused activities and child initiated activities. We value the use of the outdoor environment and aim to provide effective practice both indoors and out providing opportunities for children in meaningful, engaging experiences that support their development in all 7 areas of the curriculum. Care is taken when planning activities to build in challenges which will move the children’s learning on, enabling them to attain the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.
There are 7 areas of learning and development, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas with 3 characteristics of learning.
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of effective learning
Playing and Exploring
Creating and Thinking Critically
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At Christ Church phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc programme. Differentiated phonic work will then be set during the week to support the phase the children are working at. The pupils receive 35 minutes focused phonics teaching each day.
In Reception all children will have the opportunity to undertake our Forest School activities. The experiences are run by members of the Christ Church staff that are fully qualified Forest School leaders. If you have any questions please don't hesitate in asking one of the Forest School team – Miss Fowler, Miss Bennett or Mrs Kehel.