Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Wickhambreaux
In order to implement the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, carefully planned opportunities and continuous provision in directed and independent learning opportunities is at the forefront of the children’s daily experiences in the Reception Class. This approach is supported by the use of ‘Birth to 5 matters. Guidance by the sector for the sector’ and ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ document. The curriculum comprises of the characteristics of effective learning, as well as Areas of Development which include Prime Areas and Specific Areas. Characteristics of effective learning are viewed as an integral part of all areas of learning and are reflected in our observations of children in both the Prime and Specific Areas of learning.
Subject Leader Profile
At Wickhambreaux Church of England School the Early Years Curriculum is led by Mrs Bremner (B/Ed Hons QTS) who has had over 20 years of experience working with young children both in Reception Classes and Nursery. She has also gained experience teaching Key Stage 1 and 2 in both the State and Private School Sectors. Consequently, a deep understanding of young children’s interest, child development and good practice is reflected in the children’s everyday experiences. Continued professional development has seen her take part in two Early Years Foundation Stage reforms consultations and pilot programmes in Hertfordshire and Kent, as well as undertaking training in the Reggio Emilia approach to young children’s learning and development.
In the Early Years at Wickhambreaux CE Primary school we want to enable children to be secure, happy individuals, who are confident in their abilities to use their acquired knowledge in a variety of contexts. It is our desire that children will leave the EYFS as independent and reflective learners. We believe in providing all with a safe and stimulating setting which develops children to their full potential and provide the best possible start to their school life in an ever-changing digital global context.
We believe children should be challenged through carefully designed play based and adult directed learning opportunities. Learning should be appealing, engrossing and take place in both the indoor and outdoor environment, where children can investigate, explore and learn in context. This is facilitated by highly experienced Practitioners who are role models for learning and can foster the development of knowledge in partnership with child development and the milestones young children experience. Children are encouraged to become self-regulated and sociable through the modelling of positive interactions and language during their day where every child matters.
We are committed to facilitating children in acquiring the skills to become resilient, independent learners, who have a sustainable love of learning which empowers them to foster the knowledge and learning behaviours that they need to succeed in life.
“What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see.”