Caterpillar Class – EYFS
We are so glad that you have chosen Worth Primary to start your child’s education and we look forward to working with you in the future. We very much hope that your child enjoys their time at Worth and we know that the first year of your child’s education is very important in making sure that they enjoy school to the fullest.
Our Reception is staffed by one teacher, Miss Banham, and supported where needed by our talented Teaching Assistants within the school. These members of staff are responsible for your children when they are in school. We work closely together to ensure all children are happy, safe and secure and plan activities which engage and excite all the children at appropriate levels.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support a healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and classroom provision. Through continuous provision the classroom provides stimulating and open-ended opportunities for learning which children can access independently. We have a flexible approach to learning to meet the needs of all children and work alongside their interests. In addition to this there are daily directed activities which contribute towards our ‘challenge mountain’. Daily, the children have a challenge to complete that links to our topics and an area of the EYFS framework, if completed they move up the mountain. The aim is to have reached the top by the end of the week. The challenges provide opportunity for the children to independently show us what they can do, with the characteristics of effective learning in mind.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We go outside in all weathers – it provides physical challenge and we can put our learning into practice on a larger scale; our outside area is an extension of our classroom! We extensively use our local environment to enhance our learning further. This ranges from visits to the allotment to the church. We also welcome opportunities from individuals or organisations to come in and support our learning, for example Dogs trust and Bird wise.
Throughout the year a learning journey is kept for each child. These include photos, milestones and observations of what children do and say. These are used to track individual's stages of development and are shared regularly with parents and carers. Parents and other family members are invited to share children’s achievements that occur outside school, these are passed onto staff and it allows us to build up a more rounded picture of children’s development and interests.
Below you can find a copy of our long term, this provides a guide of what topics might be covered each term and how this works alongside the EYFS framework.