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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


School Closure - Remote Learning Opportunities:


Below are a list of links to a range of different learning opportunities to use during the school closures. Explore and enjoy!


Live Streams:


https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom - Daily lessons in literacy and maths.


https://learnliveuk.com/learn-live-read-channel/ - One live read every weekday at 10.00am. 


https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday/ - Daily book reading.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz - Andy's Wild Workouts - CBeebies.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ - PE workouts at 9.00am every weekday by Joe Wicks.


https://fordingbridge.org.uk/2K8Z-1KVHG-3406DS-117C5R-0/c.aspx - Live streams from a variety of zoos across the country.




https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks - Alphablocks videos and activities.


https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com - Games to support the children's reading skills.


https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk - Lots of levelled reading books to support the children's reading skills. 


https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - Games for all phases of phonics. 


http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ - Activities and resources for all phases of phonics. 


https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks - Numberblocks videos and activities. 


https://numbots.com - Games to support the children to develop both their fluency and recall skills. 


https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years - We use White Rose to support our planning of our maths lessons at school so this would be a good resource to use to give children consistency with their learning at school. 


http://www.ictgames.com/ - Literacy and maths games.


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37 - Literacy and maths games. 


https://www.thenational.academy - Literacy and maths lessons. 


https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/ - Children can use the school login for this to access a range of activities, videos, etc.


https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - A range of resources for all subjects (presentations, worksheets, etc.) They are currently offering free logins to parents.


https://www.nhs.uk/change4life - Scroll down on the home page to find Disney and Pixar themed 10 minute shake up activities. Another way to stay fit and healthy throughout the day.


Go Noodle (Fun dance videos for exercise plus videos for mindfulness and stretching, free to join):








"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood" - Fred Rogers


"Play is the highest form of research" - Albert Einstein


The EYFS is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. There are seven areas of learning in total, three prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These are crucial for developing children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. The specific areas of learning are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


Development Matters is a document provided by Early Education that supports Early Years Practitioners in providing quality education in the early years. The EYFS team uses Development Matters as part of daily observation, assessment and planning: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf


Reception Curriculum Overviews:

How we Teach in the EYFS at Round House:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED): The children are encouraged to be independent, self reliant and self confident. We also foster turn taking, sharing, co-operation and helpfulness. In addition to co-operative play and joint responsibility for organising and tidying the setting, we provide specific situations in role-play to develop the children's social skills. Activities requiring collaborative group skills are also specifically built into the planning. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to become confident and independent, take an interest in things, know what their own needs are, dress and undress independently and know the difference between right and wrong.


Communication and Language (C&L): Many opportunities are provided for the children to speak and listen to both adults and each other. Visitors such as the librarian or the local fire brigade are invited into school to give variety and to spark interest for the children. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to listen attentively in a range of situations, follow instructions involving several ideas/actions, answer how and why questions, express themselves effectively and use past, present and future tenses accurately when talking.


Physical Development (PD): The children have access to a variety of writing equipment as well as scissors, construction toys, play-dough and clay. In our outdoor area, we have climbing apparatus and we plan the equipment that we use on a weekly basis, weather permitting, so that we have a variety of activities. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to show good control and co-ordination in large and small scale movements, hold a pencil correctly and use it to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed, talk about ways to keep healthy and safe and manage their own personal hygiene. 


Literacy (L): Within the setting, the children are surrounded by a variety of books including big books and story sacks. They are encouraged to listen to stories and share books with each other. The children also take home individual reading books (a levelled book matched to their reading ability, a phonics book and a reading for pleasure book). The children will also bring home some key words throughout the year. These are words which we hope they will learn to read by the end of the reception year. Whilst at school, the children will have the opportunity to engage in reading sessions both 1:1 and in small groups. This is done to support the children to develop essential reading skills. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to use their phonic knowledge to decode words and read them aloud, read some common irregular words, spell words that are either correctly spelt or are phonetically plausible and write simple sentences. 


Mathematics (M): The children experience early maths skills such as sorting, classifying, identifying shapes, repeating patterns, counting, practical addition and subtraction, measuring and capacity in lots of different ways including at the sand tray, water tray and when engaging in baking activities. We use number blocks and learn many number rhymes to help with counting which the children find enjoyable. We have specific focused teaching times for maths as well as practical independent activities and adult-led activities too. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to count reliably up to 20, place numerals up to 20 in the correct order, say what is one more/less than a given number, solve problems, recognise/create/describe patterns and name/describe a variety of 2D and 3D shapes.


Understanding the World (UW): The children are encouraged to explore and investigate in a variety of different ways. They think about how they have changed since they were babies, where they live, how things work and make observations about plants, animals and the weather. We also use computers, laptops and iPads to support the children's learning. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of their family members, talk about the features of their own environment, talk about changes that occur and select and use technology for a particular purpose. 


Expressive Arts and Design (EAD): The children are offered many creative activities in any one week ranging from painting, drawing and printing to collage, clay and junk modelling. We also use musical instruments and sing a variety of rhymes and songs. Throughout the year, the children will be learning to sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them, explore a variety of materials, colours, designs, textures, forms, functions, tools and techniques, use media and materials in original ways and represent their ideas in a variety of ways. 


Monitoring Progress:


  • Parent consultations.
  • Half termly tick sheet reports.
  • At the end of the year, your child will be assessed against the 17 ELGs covering all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Children are judged to be emerging, expected or exceeding against each ELG statement and you will receive the completed profile at the end of the school year. 
  • Evidence is collected throughout the year through observations of your child whilst learning through play and exploration and a balance of child initiated and adult led activities. 
  • There will be opportunities for you to come into school to view your child's learning journal and discuss your child's attainment, progress and next steps.
  • Open door policy - you are welcome to talk about the progress of your child at anytime or talk through any concerns that you may have. 


Learning Through Play: 

EYFS Policy: