Early Years

 

EYFS Vision

At Alexandra Infants’ School we aim to provide motivating first-hand experiences whilst encouraging children to build resilience, ambition and a lifelong love of learning. We aim to build on the wealth of knowledge and skills children already have when they arrive and we actively develop our relationships with feeder settings to ensure a smooth transition into out foundation stage setting. We recognise that all children are unique, celebrating and welcoming differences within our school community. Our curriculum is carefully thought out to ensure that our pupils focus on communication, language and a love of literacy. We encourage our children to take risks and support them on their joining of building strong characteristics of effective learning.

Subject Leader Promise

My name is Mrs Decicco and I am passionate about leading early years as I know that a strong start and firm foundation enable children to flourish when then transition to Key Stage 1. I ensure that the children are provided with a wide range of engaging and exciting activities, taking into account the developmental needs of the individual, which support the children in making strong progress. I believe that careful interactions support children in moving their thinking and acquisition of vocabulary forward. I want the children to be the best that they can be and work hard to ensure that every day their learning environment helps your child to reach their full potential. Also to develop their sense of wellbeing and ability to regulate their feelings their contributions are recognised, valued and praised, so that they feel confident in our community and are equipped with all the tools they need to transition into Key Stage 1 effectively.

EYFS Curriculum

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document specifies the requirements for learning and development in the EYFS and provides the prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. Through our knowledge of each child and formative assessments the EYFS team plan exciting and engaging activities that will move the children’s learning forward. This may involve following a class theme where we take advantage of cross curricular links in order to combine transferable skills and develop a wide-ranging vocabulary which underpins the children’s learning. This may also include following individual children’s interests and making the most of those focused moments where the teaching and learning can be maximised in a one to one way with teacher and child. Each year creates its own unique blend of whole class, guided, adult directed play and child-initiated play activities dependant on the nature and needs of the class of individuals.

We focus on the prime areas of learning so that our children have the opportunities to develop their communication skills, good learning behaviours and fine motor development. We use squiggle whilst you wiggle to support our youngest children in developing their mark making skills and teach a non-cursive style of handwriting,

Threaded throughout our curriculum is the love of reading and the class texts have been carefully selected to ensure that they are rich and varied. As part of our reading curriculum the children access CLL time each day which is an opportunity to zoom into the class text and talk about the new vocabulary and highlight questions that we can ask and answer relating to the book.

We provide effective and focused intervention for those children who are finding learning challenging and are not on track to meet expectations at the end of the year. This will be provided in an inclusive way and support from parents is also enlisted at an early stage to ensure that the children have every chance to achieve the Early Learning Goals.

Educational Experiences

  • Little Library Van visits
  • Educational Visits
  • Maths Week
  • World Book Day
  • Baking cakes

Our Policies

Please click here to view our EYFS Policy

Please click here to view our New Guild Trust EYFS Policy

Please click here to view our Maths Long Term Plan

Please click here to view our Nursery Long Term Plan

Please click here to view our Reception Long Term Plan