The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
This is the framework that we follow to support and assess learning.
Information on Reading and Writing
We use the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) scheme to support the children in developing the skills required to be successful readers. Once the children settle they will be given a home-school reading record and lilac level reading book. These lilac books are books with no words and help to encourage pre-reading skills such as using the pictures and developing story language. We ask that you hear your child read, and make a note in their reading record, five times a week. Please find some information about the ORT characters below.
By the end of the Reception Year the Development Matters in the EYFS sets out: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
To teach reading and writing we follow the Floppy's Phonics scheme. Floppy's Phonics closely matches the ORT reading scheme, has the same characters and the progression of teaching matches the colour banding on the ORT reading books. Once the children settle we begin by teaching one new sound (phoneme) each day. A typical phonics session is short and focuses on the teaching on both reading and writing. As the children progress we ask them to apply these developing skills to write simple sentences in things like instructions, short stories, diaries and lots more. We will provide much more information on phonics and how you can support your child in reading and writing in September.
By the end of the Reception Year the Development Matters in the EYFS sets out: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
We follow the Kinetic Letters handwriting scheme. Kinetic Letters supports children to build their strength to learn how to hold a pencil comfortably and effectively. The children start by doing large scale movements, similar to yoga poses, and progress to learning how to pick up a pencil and to forming letters correctly. If you would like to practise picking up a pencil and supporting your children to write their name please see the information on Kinetic Letters below. Please DO NOT teach your child to write their name using all capital letters. They only need a capital letter for the first letter of their name.
By the end of the Reception Year the Development Matters in the EYFS sets out: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Getting Ready for School
Please find a selection of games, videos and resources that you might find useful while preparing your child for school.
Storybooks about starting school
You may find these read out loud on YouTube or can borrow them from the local library.
Starting School - Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School - Ian Whybrow
Going to School - Usborne First Experiences
George's Dragon Goes to School - Claire Freedman
Starting School - Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta