The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is made up of our Nursery and Reception Classes. They all follow the EYFS Curriculum, learning through purposeful play and engaging activities in indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our EYFS endeavours to create an active and stimulating learning environment to give your child the best start possible start in life.

Curriculum

At Ark Priory we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are 7 areas of learning which give the children broad and varied curriculum, setting firm foundations for their learning throughout their school and the rest of their lives.

 

 

Areas of learning

3 Prime areas give them skills for learning

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific areas give them opportunities to apply their skills, and to explore and learn further

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Many of the Areas of Learning are interlinked and so the activities that your child will engage in will cover many areas!

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Within Nursery and Reception we strive to cultivate children's natural curiosity for learning through developing the characteristics of Effective Learning including:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go.’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children develop their own ideas, make links and develop strategies for doing things.

 

Assessment
There are many different stages of development within each Area of Learning. All staff within the EYFS are able to identify learning opportunities to meet the needs of each child as an individual. Activities are planned and supported to nurture and ensure every child will progress during their time in the EYFS. As well as planned activities we value each child's interests and ideas and we encourage child-led learning, developing their ideas into our curriculum and ensuring every moment is a learning moment. Assessment takes place through observation. Your child will have an individual learning journal through the programme EExAT which you are able to view and upload to throughout their time with us.

EYFS Results (70% 2016/17 National)

Good level of development

13/14 - 85%

14/15 - 92%

15/16 - 88%

16/17 - 88%

17/18: 83%

18/19: 85%

Phonics Screening (81% 2016/17 National)

14/15 - 100% Pass

15/16 - 100% Pass

16/17 - 100% Pass

Experiences
At Ark Priory, we believe in the power of experiential learning. Children learn incredibly well when they are provided with purposeful experiences that make learning real for them. This ensures that children are motivated and engaged in the learning as well as developing their understanding of the world around them. This includes local area visits to local shops to buy baking ingredients and observing the life cycle of chicks hatching from eggs.

 

Autumn Term 2018-19

Nursery Autumn Term Curriculum Letter.pdf

Rec Autumn Term Curriculum Letter.pdf

Reception A2 Curriculum Plan Parents Copy.docx

Nursery MTP Autumn 2 2018-19.docx

 

Spring Term 2018-19

Spring 1 Nursery MTP_Space 18-19.docx

Reception MTP Spring 2019 for Parents.pdf

Nursery Spring 2 MTP.docx

 

Summer Term 2018-19

Reception Summer 1 Overview for Parents.docx

Nursery Medium Term Plan Summer 1.docx

Summer 2 18-19 Website Topic Medium Term Plan - Journeys.docx

 

EExAT Training and help for Parents:

EExAT Parent Workshop.pdf

EExAT_Help_Guide_for_Parents.pdf