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Early Years

Developmental Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012
Children develop quickly in the Early Years and practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life 

At Grafton Primary School we see every child as a unique individual and strive to provide a curriculum that reflects this. Children are encouraged to ‘have a go’, be willing and eager to engage with their learning and to ‘keep trying’, this fosters a positive approach to learning. Our EYFS practitioners support children to confidently express their own ideas, preferences and encourage children to ask and answer questions and find solutions to their problems so that they can achieve what they set out to achieve.

We follow a play-based, structured curriculum which involves children learning through play. They are also directed to activities which are linked to topics and themes being taught. The activities allow children to have practical experiences such as cooking in our ‘mud kitchen’, playing with umbrellas in the rain or making potions and writing their recipes. We believe that the children learn best through a ‘hands on’ practical approach. Every day there are opportunities for children to express themselves creatively by having a workshop approach whereby they can select resources to make things that enhance their learning. Their curriculum is delivered through an indoor and outdoor environment. Children can participate in physical activities everyday such as parachute games, climbing, and ball games with their friends and adults who support them to develop an understanding that we need to be active to help us to be healthy.

Our curriculum links to the EYFS Statutory Curriculum with teaching being focused on children’s achievement of the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) by the end of Reception. The curriculum is broad and open-ended allowing us to follow the interests of the children. (Click on the link to see our yearly overview for Nursery and Reception). Children are taught the foundations for building all future learning upon, including the key skills of communication, working collaboratively, Literacy, Numeracy and thinking critically.

At Grafton Primary School we strive to work collaboratively with parents and carers, this we see as a key component to being successful. Children in Nursery are allocated a ‘Key Person’ and it is the Key Person’s responsibility in ensuring that children feel safe and secure in school. In Reception this is the role of the Class Teacher who is supported well by exceptional Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants. We carefully plan the introduction of children into our EYFS setting to ensure that they settle quickly and flourish. We welcome parents involvement and invite parents in to workshops to strengthen the link between home and school.