Early Years Foundation Stage
At Lostock Gralam, the children are at the heart of everything we do and Christ is the light that guides us.
We recognise that all children are precious and a gift from God and understand how important their first year in school is. We want our children to be excited and motivated to learn through rich and challenging learning experiences; opportunities to explore and take risks, and first-hand experiences.
We have high ambitions for all our children and give them experiences to help them to become well-rounded individuals who are independent, resilient, and confident in themselves and with others. We ensure that the teaching of Christian Values is embedded throughout our curriculum and an integral part of our school day.
Children have an abundance of opportunities to learn through play. We ensure that learning is fun, engaging and challenges and support all children where ever their starting point. As an EYFS team and effective role models, we provide high quality interactions in order to develop and deepen the children’s learning opportunities. We deliver our curriculum through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities based on the EYFS Framework and the children’s interests.
We understand and appreciate the importance of the outdoor environment for our children. It is a continuation of our indoor provision and it will be used at every opportunity. We provide our children with opportunities to develop their gross motor skills, to deepen their imaginations and also their sense of curiosity. We want the children to feel safe and secure at all times. Communication is important to us and we greatly value the relationship that we develop with parents throughout this vital year.
We encourage a strong partnership with our parents so they are actively involved in their children's learning. Transition is key to successful, happy children. We have a thorough process, working with pre-school and nursery settings, parents and carers before children start in Reception, ensuring that children have many opportunities to meet staff and visit school. Our partnership with parents means that parents have the opportunity to work closely with us to support children’s transition into the setting. We would like parents to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.
At the beginning of the year, we hold a 'Meet the Teacher' meeting where parents can learn more about how we help the children to learn at school and ways that they can help at home.
Our learning journeys are online on a program called Tapestry.
This means that adults can read all about the things that the children do at school and they can add to the learning journey themselves so that we can see all of the great learning that goes on at home.
We believe that children’s early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development and learning needs that enables them to fulfil their potential.
The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their development.
Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The EYFS framework is designed to be really flexible so that we can follow the children's needs and interests. We take time to talk to and listen to the children and we enjoy finding out what they are interested in. This allows us to be able to plan lots of learning experiences and activities based on what the children like.
Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of our daily routine and help to develop early reading and writing skills. We teach Phonics following the ‘Read Write Inc.’ programme and we use the sounds that we have learnt to help us to read and write words on our own.
If you visited our classroom, you would see a range of activities taking place such as role-play, practical games, painting, cutting and sticking and reading in the book corner. You would also see the outdoor classroom in operation, with equipment such as building blocks, cars, sand and water.
We feel it is so important that our children in reception are starting their journey through school happy and with a smile.