Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Early Years Foundation Stage classes may be your child’s first experience of learning with adults and children outside your close family and circle of friends. We hope to make the transition from home to school a positive and happy experience for children and their parents. We work closely with Butterflies Pre-school to support transition from this setting, and run ‘Little Penguin ‘ sessions before children start in nursery to support parents and children.

The two Early Years classes are open plan, with activities arranged across both rooms and the shared outdoor area. Children are encouraged to make choices and decisions in their learning and develop a sense of independence in preparation for work in the coming years. Adults help young children learn during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, talking, facilitating and setting challenges. We provide a high quality learning environment inside and out to support this, as well as access to our Forest Schools area, and many visitors and visits.

We record using an ipad app called Tapestry. This has two uses in the EYFS:

  1. as a way for practitioners to record what the children can do to inform assessments
  2. to share with parents what the children have been learning at school and what they need to work on next.

We send home weekly ‘what we have been learning at school this week’ bulletins, ‘how you can help at home’ and ‘next steps’ on individuals observations. We also encourage parents to share their observations of children at home and we can then assign an area of development and age band. 

The Reception and Nursery teams plan the learning opportunities through topics and themes. Our learning activities are planned in both the outdoor and the classroom environments. You will receive regular information about these so you can support your child’s learning.

The national framework sets out:  

  • Welfare requirements that everyone must follow to keep your child safe
  • The 7 areas of learning and development
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.
  • Expected levels that your child should reach by the end of their Reception year.
Areas of Learning and Development  

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:-

  • Communication and Language : Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking
  • Physical Development: Moving and Handling and Health & Self Care
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self confidence and Self Awareness, Managing Feelings & Behaviour and Making Relationships

There are four specific teaching areas:

  • Literacy: Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics: Numbers and Shape, Space & Measure
  • Understanding the world: People and Communities, The World and Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative

In Nursery and Reception, children start to learn phonics which provides the building blocks to later success in reading. At Burton Green, we learn phonics daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1. We use Letters and Sounds as part of our approach to phonics. As a new parent, you will be invited to parent workshops in EYFS where we demonstrate how your child will learn phonics. There is more information on the phonics section of our website. If you have any questions, just ask your child’s class teacher.

We have a number of resources to help get the most for your child whilst in EYFS at Burton Green Primary School.