Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years – intent, implementation and impact

Intent

Our intent in Early Years at Badbury Park Primary is to nurture children into inquisitive thinkers and independent, resilient learners.

 

Our Curriculum is centred on meeting the needs and interests of our children. There is a focus on wellbeing, encouraging children to form  supportive relationships Providing opportunities for children to explore their own interests and ideas shapes children who view themselves as confident, resilient learners.

The environment allows children to be adventurous and curious through open-ended exploration and discovery. This ties in with our school values – Be Curious, Be Kind, Be Ambitious, Be Adventurous.

Our experienced and  dedicated staff support the children in both adult initiated and child directed play, observing and noticing their interests are in order to extend their learning. Within Early Years each child has an online learning journey through ILD which is shared with parents. Children are given opportunities to use what they have learnt through their continuous provision.

At Badbury Park Primary School we have created our own Early Years curriculum in order to track children’s progress from nursery through to reception. Badbury Park’s Early Years curriculum builds on the foundations laid throughout their nursery experience, preparing children for transition into year 1, where they will progress onto the National Curriculum.

Implementation

The environment allows children to be adventurous and curious through open-ended exploration and discovery. This ties in with our school values – Be Curious, Be Kind, Be Ambitious, Be Adventurous.

 

Our experienced and  dedicated staff support the children in both adult initiated and child directed play, observing and noticing their interests are in order to extend their learning. Within Early Years each child has an online learning journey through ILD which is shared with parents. Children are given opportunities to use what they have learnt through their continuous provision and are encouraged to set their own challenges and goals. 

 

At Badbury Park Primary School we have created our own Early Years curriculum in order to track children’s progress from nursery through to reception. Badbury Park’s Early Years curriculum builds on the foundations laid throughout their nursery experience, preparing children for transition into year 1, where they will progress onto the National Curriculum.

Impact

At Badbury Park Primary School we have created our own Early Years curriculum in order to track children’s progress from nursery through to reception. Divided into three Prime Areas and four Specific Area, learning is broken down into different age bands to assess if a child is currently working on track and identify and gaps in learning.

 

Badbury Park’s Early Years curriculum builds on the foundations laid throughout their nursery experience, preparing children for transition into year 1, where they will progress onto the National Curriculum. The impact will see children develop and grow, consolidating skills and experiences as they move into Year 1 and beyond.

 

Creating observations in ILD, photo ‘snapshots’ of learning for learning journeys and individual work books and floor books, we are able to see each child’s progression over time.

A day in the life of a nursery Early Years child

Our day will start with a welcome and self-registration where children are encouraged to be independent. Once in setting, they are able to explore and learning in the environment through continuous provision plus enhancements.

 

Once the children have settled we do a whole class register, count children and sing some morning songs. A small group may stay with the teacher to do a short task whilst the other children will go back to their exploring and learning, both inside and outside. In nursery at Badbury Park we have a rolling snack where the children are able to have a piece of fruit and time to talk to their friends.

 

At the end of the nursery session we have a story or activity (such as dough disco), lots of songs and then say goodbye to our friends.

 

Throughout the session, adults are available to observe, model and engage in play. Knowing the children individually means that we are able to extend the children with a next step in learning during play.

 

Some children in our nursery class do 10-15 hours per week whereas some children  may do 30 hours per week depending on funding.

A day in the life of a reception Early Years child

Our day will start with a welcome song and a morning task.

 

We will do a whole class register before we begin a phonics session from our phonics scheme ‘story time phonics’.

 

After phonics we do a short carpet session for English where the children will then embark on a sustained explore and learn session free-flowing either inside or outside. This session enables children to choose what they wish to do and where they wish to do it.

Once the children have settled into their play the adult will observe, wait and plan and then join in and extend their learning if appropriate. Before lunch the children will do a dough disco/squiggle while you wiggle to develop their hand strength. In the afternoon, the children will have a short carpet session for Maths before they embark on another sustained explore and learn session. The children may pick up their learning from where they left off in the morning or may change their environment completely. The day will close with the children sharing their learning and a story time session with ‘book talk’. Other adult led sessions will feature in the day for example a yoga, forest school, science and mindfulness sessions. Children will have access to fruit and vegetable snacks and water throughout the day.