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.
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.
We use Development Matters and The Early Years Outcomes 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 Letters and Sounds programme, alongside Jolly Phonics.
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
Being willing to have a go
Having their own ideas
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoy achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically
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.