Early Year Foundation Stage.
At Perton First School and Nursery, we strive to create an exciting and stimulating learning environment that provides all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS. They are:
• Communication and Language
• Physical development
• Personal, Social and Emotional development
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning. The specific areas are:
•Understanding the world
•Expressive arts and design
None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others and are taught through an exciting range of cross curricula activities and experiences. We build an understanding of each child's existing knowledge at the beginning of each new topic and ask the children what they would like to learn about, this then informs the planning and path the topic follows.
It is also important to understand how a child learns to best support their development. The characteristics of effective learning describe factors which play a central role in a child’s learning and in becoming an effective learner. They highlight how children are learning and underpin all seven areas of learning and development, representing processes rather than outcomes. They are:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
We have three classes in the Early Years Unit. Nursery is called 'Little Owls' and we have two Reception classes called 'Snowy Owls' and 'Tawny Owls'. Each class has its own base and designated key workers but we also work together and share different learning spaces and activities. This is a very important and special aspect of early years that we can offer at Perton First School and Nursery. The children get to experience working with older children which allows them to learn from their developed skills and older children get to work with younger children, which allows them to secure their learning by teaching others. We also have a very smooth transition time from Nursery to Reception as the routines and expectations are very similar and the children get used to the different learning environments and Reception staff prior to the start of Reception.
At Perton First School and Nursery, we believe children should have an awareness of how they are developing, children's learning journals are regularly shared with them and we have 'wishes' which allow children to know what targets they are working towards.
Our outdoor classroom offers invaluable experiences where children can develop and explore on a larger scale. We develop all areas of development through role play, climbing, balancing, cycling, mark making, counting and exploring our new mud kitchen! We are very lucky with space and try and get outside as much as possible!
Please look at our class pages to see what we have been up to this week.