'Nurturing all to flourish and aspire'
'For I know the plans I have for you...plans to give you hope and a future.'
Early Years Foundation Stage Aims
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
• Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and
no child gets left behind
• A secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child,
assessing and reviewing what they have learnt regularly
• Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
• Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring every child in included and
• Curriculum is produced in accordance with programmes of study, schemes of work and
high expectations within school.
• Building Relationships The relationships which children build in the EYFS are vital and have an
impact on children’s learning and developing. This is why here at Monksmoor CE Primary School
building strong and positive relationships with our children vital, the first thing we accomplish when
they start school. We use a range of holistic approaches, incorporating nursery visits, home visits
and stay and play sessions, meet and greets, multi- agency meeting etc, all tailored to need. We
want our children to feel secure and confident in their school as well as cared for and heard. This is
why every member of our EYFS team is genuinely passionate about the happiness and
development of children, supporting our ethos and intention of nurturing all to flourish and aspire.
This is complemented by high quality transition at the end of year including bespoke arrangements
for those with additional need.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
• Playing and exploring: Children thrive as confident learners where they investigate and ‘have a
go’ with new activities. They can apply their previous knowledge and to create links in their memory
to new learning and development.
• Active Learning: We facilitate children keeping on trying, building resilience if they have a
difficulty and not give up! Through self -regulation support, pursuing their own learning, and taking
pride in their achievements we create a lifelong love of learning.
• Creating and Thinking Critically: Encouraging children to have their own ideas and build upon
these making links in their learning is crucial. We encourage them to question the world around
them and use prior knowledge to draw and form conclusions
In EYFS and KS1 we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme.
An overview of our learning this term can be found below.