The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first year in school. Children enter this class in the academic year in which they turn five. At Charleton we work with individual families to ensure that your child’s start in school is positive and fulfilling. We can offer a part time timetable in the Autumn Term to ease transition into school. For summer term birthdays, a January term start is also an option. The partnership between school and home is of great importance to us as it helps cement positive relationships and attitudes to school right from the start.
The emphasis during the EYFS is on learning through play. The children spend a large proportion of their time in school engaged in free play. The classroom environment is set up with a wide range of stimulating activities and exciting play opportunities which the children can choose to access. They also receive formal Phonics (letters and sounds) teaching everyday as well as short adult directed sessions which focus on maths, reading, writing and activities related to our class topic.
The children’s progress is tracked against the EYFS which is divided into the following areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (which includes: Making relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behavior)
Physical Development (Which includes: Moving and handling, Health and self-care)
Communication and Language (Which includes: Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking)
Literacy (Reading, Writing)
Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, space and measure)
Understanding the World (People and communities, The world, Technology)
Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative)
Each child has a Learning Journal which records their time in the EYFS, it contains pieces of work the children are proud of, evidence of any new achievements, photographs and observations made by adults around the school and from home.
The EYFS children are taught in a class with year 1 and 2 children. They gain a huge amount from playing with and learning alongside the older children during parts of their school life. The class set up also allows them to access more challenging activities if they want to.