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Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Early Years Foundation Stage

CROSS GATES PRIMARY SCHOOL EARLY YEARS OFFER 2020-2021

Welcome to Reception September 2020

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The learning environment plays a key role in the Reggio Emilia approach at Cross Gates Primary. Children thrive in environments that are suited to their interests and developmental stages. In the Reggio Emilia approach the environment is viewed as a place that is welcoming, authentic aesthetically pleasing, culturally representative of community, embraces nature and filled with purposeful materials. The layout of the environment promotes relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play. Materials are thoughtfully added to the environment to promote creativity, thinking and problem solving skills, questions, experimentation and open-ended play.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first statutory part of the National Curriculum, focusing on the distinctive needs of the children aged three to the end of the Reception Year in Primary School.

When they first join school, young children have a wide range of different experiences, skills and interests.  At Cross Gates Primary School, we believe the curriculum should be flexible and responsive to reflect individual needs, enthusiasms and learning styles.  At Cross Gates Primary School, the Foundation Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning.  It incorporates well-planned and resourced indoor and outdoor play.  Both indoor and outdoor learning environments provide opportunities for children to access the seven areas of learning.

 

"Well planned play is the key way in which children learn

with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage."

EYFS Curriculum Guidance

 

The Foundation Stage Profile is a summative assessment which records a child's development across all areas and provides a picture of the whole child.  We share this profile with our parents through the end of year report.

 

The seven areas of learning are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

"Parents provide a learning environment which is enduring and comprehensive.  It begins even before birth, operates beyond the child's day at the setting and provides continuity as the child transfers from one setting to another."

EYFS Curriculum Guidance

 

At Cross Gates Primary School, we work with parents as 'partners.'  Our parents and practitioners share a joint interest in and responsibility for, children's development and learning.  We expect that parents will contribute to their child's learning journey regularly and contribute to planning ideas about their child's interests and fascinations.  We invite you to attend workshops supporting learning and 'read and relax/Stay and Play' sessions.  

 

 

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