Early Years Foundation Stage
At St Just Primary we adhere to the Statutory Framework of the EYFS and the four guiding principles that shape practice within Early Years settings.
·Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- · Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- · Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- · Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
As part of our practice we:
- ·Provide a balanced curriculum, based on the EYFS, across the seven areas of learning, using play as the vehicle for learning
- · Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. We provide early intervention for those children who require additional support
- · Work in partnership with parents and within the wider context
- · Plan challenging learning experiences, based on the individual child, informed by observation and assessment
- · Provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that are adult-initiated and child-initiated, supported by the adult
- · Ensure that children feel safe and secure in the EYFS Setting.
Our curriculum for the Foundation Stage reflects the areas of learning identified in the Early Learning Goals 2012. The Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by promoting the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning.
Prime Areas of Learning:
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
There are four Specific Areas through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied.
Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
What our parents have to say....
"Since my child has started school, she has settled really quickly and always comes home happy and smiling"
"My child marches into school with confidence and smiles, which is what any parent wants to see"
"We are delighted with how our daughter has taken to the school environment."
" We are grateful that we can contact Mrs Burlton via the Seesaw APP whenever we have any questions".
"We are delighted with the happy positive few weeks our child has experienced in Tater Du. He arrives at school and leaves with a smile on his face so we couldn't want more"
"We love reading the weekly updates on Seesaw"
"The staff are very easy to talk to. Any problems and they are always there to listen"
"Thank you for making my child's first experience of school such a positive one"
"We love receiving the weekly blogs. It has really helped us in supporting our child with his learning at home."
"I can only say positive things about St Just Primary School and the EYFS team".
"You make the first step into education such a smooth, happy and memorable one".
What do our children say about St Just Primary School?.
"I just love everything at school" - Jack
"I love being able to play with all my friends" - Freddie.
"I love school because I love to do learning. I can write at home now and I couldn't do that before" - Orla.
"I love school because it's great to learn numbers and letters" - Lynette.
"I love singing in school" - Lucas
"I love playing inside and outside" - Viggo.
"I love school because there's so much to play with" - Paige.
"When we play we are learning at the same time" - Ellie
"I love school because I love the grown-ups because we do great learning" - Jamie.
"The school dinners are just sooooooo scrummy" - Florence
Meet our awesome EYFS Team as well as some other Key Members of Staff your child will initially meet at St Just Primary School.