Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

Welcome to Packmoor Ormiston Academy’s

Early Years Foundation Stage

 

“The EYFS framework sets the statutory standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to age 5. The EYFS statutory framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.”

(EYFS Framework 2018)

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Our curriculum is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. We plan and implement activities guided by the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years’ document and based on observations of the children as they play and learn.

Our Nursery has 60 full time places, which are offered by the school to pupils who will have their fourth birthday during the academic year. Our Reception classes offer 60 places for children who are of school age.

In line with the whole school, we have a two year topic plan which ensures that the children have a broad basis on which to explore their environment and build on their interests and strengths.

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About the EYFS curriculum

The EYFS curriculum is based on the principle that children are eager learners who actively seek to engage with others and the environment. There are four themes underpinning the government guidance, and our curriculum at

Packmoor Ormiston Academy:

  • That every child is unique.
  • That children need positive relationships in order to flourish.
  • That children actively engage in an enabling environment.
  • That children learn and develop in different ways.

We are an EYFS with high expectations of our children. We embrace open-ended learning and creativity, encourage independence in all areas and aim to motivate children to learn and also teach children how to learn. The process of learning is valued over the end product, which means that children are able to be truly creative and express their unique personalities. Everything we do in the EYFS builds on the foundation that parents have already built for their children; ensuring that they have the very best start in their educational journey.

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Phonics

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a systematic method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

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Reading in EYFS

Growing a love of reading in the Early Years will help the children to develop skills, giving them a real readiness for reading as well as a precious lifelong gift. Learning to read supports the children’s understanding of words and vocabulary, develops their imagination, speech, listening skills and literacy development. At Packmoor Ormiston we believe the children should be immersed in a print rich environment, supporting the importance of speaking, reading and writing through fun, hands on first experiences.

 

We plan to offer children a range of experiences and learning opportunities to develop all areas of the curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our EYFS team

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Our Nursery accommodates up to 60 children and each child is allocated their own key worker Nursery is led by Mrs Worthington, the Nursery teacher. In addition, each Nursery child has their own key worker. Your child’s key worker is your first point of call should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Our key workers groups are as follows:

  • Lovely Lions (Miss Baddeley)
  • Terrific Tigers (Mrs Amos)
  • Marvellous Monkeys (Mrs Harrison)
  • Jolly Giraffes

Educational trips and visits

In our commitment to providing a stimulating and enriching curriculum we regularly receive visits and go on trips linked to our theme based learning. This has included the Sea life centre, National Adventure farm and visits from the Take a hint theatre group and Key Strings orchestra.

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Assessment and school readiness

We acknowledge that children develop and learn at their own rates and practitioner observations are regularly carried out to ensure that staff are aware of the strengths and areas of need for all children. Our assessment document is based on the Development Matters statements which culminate with 17 Early Learning Goals (ELG’s).

By the end of Reception most children are expected to be achieving the ELG’s. For those children who have achieved one or more of the ELG’s, staff will plan against the National Curriculum expectations for Year One. We regularly keep parents informed of how well their child is doing in the form of written reports and termly targets.

This ensures that all of our children are supported and extended to reach their fullest potential.

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Working together

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy we believe in developing good relationships with parents. We value the support we receive from parents and believe they are just as important on their children’s learning journey. Each term we offer opportunities for parents to come along to craft activities or story time sessions. We regularly send out parent questionnaires to continually gain your views and involve you in your child’s learning. During the year we also like to offer different informative meetings and parents’ evenings to show them how to further support their children with their learning at home. Weekly newsletters are sent out to keep you informed of what exciting things are happening in our setting.

 

Feedback from parents

Amazing staff that are always really friendly and nothing is too much trouble.

(Nursery parent 2017)

To see and hear him reading properly, we are really impressed.

(Reception parent 2017)

10 out of 10 in every way!

(Nursery parent 2017)