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Welcome to Barling Magna Primary Academy Early Years Foundation Stage

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Our vision for EYFS

At Barling Magna Primary Academy we believe that every child is unique and in the Early Years Foundation Stage we acknowledge the potential for learning in every activity and situation that arises. Our aim is to provide a secure and stimulating environment in which children flourish and learn to make sense of the real world. We make the children feel valued and give them the confidence to become active learners. Our activities provide first hand experiences and through play and discussion, children are encouraged to interact with others, to move about and explore a wide variety of learning situations. There are well-planned areas of provision in the wide range of activities, resources and materials available. Opportunities are provided for sustained activity and continuous provision, as well as spontaneous, self-chosen activities. It is important to us that children experience success, have fun and enjoy themselves whilst learning.

Curriculum

At Barling Magna we place a large emphasis on learning through play. We introduce the children to new concepts through our short, structured inputs which we then embed during our free flow time, where the children can choose their own activities. These activities may take place in the classroom, or outside in the garden area, which reinforces and extends the children's learning through role play, games and questioning. Our free-flow time allows the children to interact with their peers when they are able to develop important communication, social and emotional skills as well as acquire their own fascinations and interests. All of our interaction with the children is informed by the seven areas of learning in the EYFS framework, as well as the characteristics of effective learning. 

More information about the framework being taught can be found in a free downloadable PDF at the following link: 

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf

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Focused teaching

Short, whole class phonics sessions are introduced in the Autumn term and the children then use their understanding of sounds to read simple texts and write for a range of different purposes in their play.

Handwriting sessions are also delivered several times a week and during these lessons the children work on developing their fine motor skills and pencil control using handwriting patterns. They also have the opportunity to practise writing their name.

Maths is taught daily and the concepts are introduced in a fun and interactive way. Our focus for the Spring term includes: counting and ordering numbers from 1-20, recognising 2D and 3D shapes, identifying units of measurement and learning the language for time.

The children's learning is documented in their individual, on line Learning Journeys (Tapestry), which include photos of the children and short observations, all of which are then linked to the EYFS framework. Family members are able to add to these at home and can access their child’s learning journey from many different mobile devices.

Parents and carers are invited into the classrooms for our weekly Family Friday sessions when they are able to join in with activities and learn how to support their child at home.

The link below is to a document which you might find helpful in understanding the Early Years curriculum.

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

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