Sandringham Primary School's Early Years Foundation Stage caters for children aged 2-5 through our Preschool, Maintained Nursery and Reception Class environments. Children have access to a continuous provision of open-ended resources both indoors and outdoors, year round. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather, as long as children are dressed appropriately to be outdoors. Sun, rain, wind and snow all add a valuable natural dynamic to their learning opportunities.
From the start to the end of the Foundation Stage, the staff consistently refer to the Development Matters Standards framework to track children’s progress and plan for next steps in learning. There is a heavy focus on developing children’s social, emotional, communication and physical skills before focussing on gaining knowledge in areas like: maths, writing, reading, technology, music and art.
To find out more about the curriculum and ways parents can support their child at home please follow the link to The Department for Education document “What to Expect in the EYFS”
“Children learn gradually and continuously in social contexts through interactions and communications with others”
An age appropriate, topic based curriculum is planned with strong links to core texts in order to expose children to new ideas, concepts and ways of thinking. The staff throughout Foundation Stage are trained to support the children to engage in play opportunities, which have been planned to match individual interests. Children are encouraged to be independent and take on challenges to extend their thinking and develop skills. They are encouraged to be cooperative with their peers and confident to take appropriate risks.
We have developed a set of principles based on research in child development and early learning. They support us in maintaining a clear ethos in the way we approach EYFS. These principles are used by staff and families to ensure the best possible learning opportunities for all children in our setting.