ABOUT THE EARLY YEARS
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy.
In our early years setting we provide a vibrant and stimulating environment to engage children with their education and we strive to ensure that the children get the best possible start to their school life by providing a fun, safe, purposeful and engaging curriculum.
Together with good parenting and high quality early learning we provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.
All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our amazing outdoor areas. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.
HOME READING SUPPORT
We ask that you read at home at least three times per week to support your child's progression in reading. Every child has a home reading book allocated to them.
When you listen to your child read, please discuss the book with them and ask them questions about what they have read. There are some examples of questions for children in EYFS in the links to the right.
Please watch the video to see an example of how to support your child at home with their reading book.
For the Urdu translated video click HERE.
OTHER USEFUL PHONICS LINKS
We use the Development Matters document (Revised July 2021) and the Birth to Five Matters document to plan purposeful play opportunities which create the enabling environment necessary for the children to display the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
We teach phonics and reading through the Essential Letters and Sounds programme.
At Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy we are committed to developing the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges, engages and motivates children to learn independently. The EYFS environment inspires the children to make their own choices and enables them to demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning.
Playing and Exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
Active Learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
Creating and Thinking Critically – Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
(Statutory framework for the EYFS 2021)
Each child is unique and we respect individuality and encourage independence whilst making learning fun and memorable through purposeful play. The highly qualified and experienced staff plan exciting and innovative activities based on their thorough knowledge of the children’s stage of development and interests. Our provision is further advanced by special visitors including community police officers, mini-beast specialist and planned external visits that develop knowledge and understanding of the world.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
We promote learning through play as we value its importance. Young children learn best when they explore and experience things first-hand, often in playful ways. Play is essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical strength. Play is also important to healthy brain development as it enables children to learn about themselves, their environment and the world around them.
Learning and development opportunities are planned around each child’s needs and interests. These are regularly assessed and reviewed. Adults respond to individual needs and interests, and guide development through warm, positive interactions in an encouraging, stimulating and a well-resourced indoor and outdoor environment. Our team is experienced in supporting children to make the most of learning opportunities, whilst consistently challenging and extending learning through skillful interaction. The EYFS team sensitively scaffold, support and enhance the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.
Throughout our EYFS, you will find happy, vibrant and stimulating learning environment where all children are encouraged to be as independent as possible. Children have daily access to well-planned indoor and out-door learning environments. Our provision provides children with opportunities to be active and physical as well as quiet and reflective. If you would like to arrange a visit our wonderful setting, please contact the school office on (01782) 486341.
INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION & IMPACT
Here at Belgrave we aim to deliver the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, giving children a secure foundation and enabling them to 'live life in all its fullness'.
Learning takes place through a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning. This includes the direct teaching of reading, writing and maths and daily opportunities for children to practice and consolidate their growing knowledge through high quality provision that promotes child- initiated learning.
Here at Belgrave Academy we aim for our pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with both adults and peers. We strive for our children to become independent, curious learners who explore, take risks and ask meaningful questions. We aim to ensure that our children are confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer 60 full time places for children aged 3 and 4.
We ensure that all children are provided with a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment. This enables the children to engage in high quality learning experiences on a daily basis.
We understand that every child is ‘unique and individual’ and develop at different rates and at varied stages. Therefore our dedicated, caring and experienced Early Years team are committed to providing a positive environment where children and their families feel safe and valued.
We strive to provide children with a vibrant, engaging and challenging learning environment which helps them to develop their full potential.
Our outdoor and indoor areas provide nursery children with exciting opportunities to improve their gross and fine motor skills, and develop language and critical thinking. We also support our nursery children to develop into independent and successful learners.
We see parents/carers as having an important role in their child’s education and staff meet regularly with them to discuss their children's needs. We also provide regular parent/carer workshops on phonics, reading and maths and how to support their children at home. Our regular topic afternoons are particularly well attended and parents/carers/aunties/uncles and grandparents have all been known to thoroughly enjoy sharing the activities on offer and the opportunity to work with their children.
We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life. We work in partnership with parents, carers and families to ensure their well-being and success in the future.