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Early Years

Welcome to Early Years
Whole School Vision

Children at Haughton St Giles Primary Academy flourish through experiencing an engaging enriching and exciting curriculum, their beliefs and achievements are shared, celebrated and supported within our caring Christian community so all can “dream to achieve.”

Our EYFS Intent

At Haughton St Giles Primary Academy we understand the importance of building good foundations for future learning and our provision for Reception aged children reflects this.

We provide a safe and stimulating environment which encourages a collaborative learning where pupils and staff actively share ideas and experiences. Through exploration and hands-on learning, an enquiry-based approach enables pupils to be empowered and express their thoughts and opinions freely. We aim to foster curiosity and enquiry, as well as nurture children to promote a love for learning and enable pupils to become well-rounded citizens and lifelong learners. This will encourage children to take ownership and become immersed in their learning, developing a sustained thinking and focus. Practitioners will continuously reflect on pedagogy and the learning environment, as well as the children’s curiosity, interests and characteristics of learning to ensure that a deep understanding within their knowledge and skills of all areas is fostered. Our curriculum places a high priority on language acquisition, fluency and communication to ensure that children can clear express their understanding of knowledge and skills. The continuous provision will enable children to independently practice, retrieve and extend knowledge and skills that have been previously taught.

Implementation of the Curriculum

EYFS seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency so that every child in our care makes good progress and no child gets left behind

  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice to ensure that every child is included and supported

  • Learning and development opportunities that are planned around the children’s interests and needs

  • A secure foundation of key knowledge and skills to enable them to become lifelong learners

  • A working partnership between staff and parents

Themes that underpin our practice:

  • Individual liberty – pupils are given the space to express themselves freely, develop their resilience, confidence and pride and enable them to constantly develop their knowledge and skills

  • Mutual respect – children will learn to be strong, independent and secure through building strong, positive relationships with their peers and staff

  • Enabling environments – the environment will be reflected upon and adapted to meet the needs of each child and is supported by strong partnerships between parents and staff

  • Learning development – we recognise that each child develops at their own pace and in a variety of different ways

At Haughton St Giles Primary Academy we follow the EYFS Framework, which is underpinned by the progression outlined by the Development Matters document, and support all children, including those with special educational needs to fulfil their potential.

The EYFS framework is separated into prime areas and specific areas. There are three prime areas, and four specific areas. All of the areas are supported by learning through play and following children’s interests. Each area is as important to each child’s development as another and aim to develop the whole child.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our curriculum units are based around an enquiry approach whereby knowledge and skills across all seven areas of learning are considered through an ‘I wonder…’ statement. Although, units lend themselves to specific areas of the EYFS curriculum, all seven areas are delivered through each unit. Within each ‘I wonder…’ focus there are opportunities for cultural capital, child-initiated learning, pupil/cohort interests, as well as parental engagement to ensure a collaborative approach to pupil assessment and outcomes.

In EYFS we aim to develop a strong parent partnership to enable cohesive learning for each child. We provide parent workshops, fun and engaging homework, as well as providing parents the opportunity to share their child’s learning experiences at home through WOW moments, questionnaires, and record sheets.

  • Pupils are academically and emotionally ready for Key Stage 1 learning.

  • Pupils have developed the knowledge and skills required from a broad and balanced EYFS curriculum.

  • Pupils have developed the foundational skills needed to become a resilient and independent learner.

  • Pupils are confident in expressing their ideas, feelings, and opinions to successfully communicate with adults and peers.

  • Pupils have built strong relationships and formed positive attachments and friendships.

  • Pupils have developed fine and gross motor skills allowing them to confidently control large and small scale coordination.

Our Curriculum Documents
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