It is our aim in the Foundation Stage at Higham Primary to give all our children the best start to their learning journey and to support each individual to become lifelong learners.
Through our enabling environment in the Reception class and with positive relationships each unique child can learn and develop individually. We are committed to a principle of learning and developing through play whereby children and adults engage in exploratory and active learning, where creativity and critical thinking is developed, supported and extended and all areas of learning and development are implemented.
At Higham Primary School we provide a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment, offering experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable, so giving children the confidence to explore and learn in secure, safe spaces.
The Hedghogs classroom is organised to allow children to explore and learn. There are areas where the children can be active, be quiet, creative etc.. The children have the freedom to move between the inside and outdoor classroom throughout the school day. The free flow between inside and outside has a positive effect on the children's development. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors. The children can explore, use their senses and be physically active.
At the end of their Reception year we assess your children and decide if they have met a set of early learning goals in different areas of learning. In September 2021, the government will be changing the early learning goals that we use to assess your child and has offered schools the chance to adopt the new early learning goals one year early, in September 2020.
Our school has decided to become an early adopter school and from this year we will be using the new early learning goals to assess your children at the end of their Reception year. New guidance to support learning over the Reception year has been released alongside these new early learning goals, this is called the Development Matters. Development Matters is not a checklist of things that your child should do, rather it is guidance for adults who work with children, to help them to support and embed your child’s learning journey.
Nothing will change for your child. We will continue to offer them the highest quality learning experiences in school and we will continue to develop the whole child, thinking about how they learn and who they are as individuals. We hope that your child is unaware that anything different is going on, it is definitely business as usual for them!
Nothing will change for parents/carers. We will continue to support you to the best of our ability and value your opinions and knowledge of your child. We will still use Tapestry to record your child’s learning journey. Links to the new EYFS Curriculum and Development Matters are at the bottom of this page.
We have studied the changes and new guidance closely and are quickly becoming experts in what is expected of your child. We are currently working hard to baseline your child to establish their starting points and next steps. At the end of the year we will still use our knowledge of your child, alongside some evidence we have gathered throughout the year, to make judgements about whether they have met their early learning goals.
The EYFS is divided into 7 areas of learning and development, all are important and interconnected however, three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiam for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
There are 4 specfic areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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