At Veritas Primary Academy we know that starting school is an exciting time: a time of new experiences, new friends and new places. Our school days provide a safe and secure environment where your child can learn through a range of activities and play. We also encourage children to acquire skills and knowledge through first hand experiences allowing them to understand the world around them. We know that all children learn at different rates and in different ways, we aim to give all children the best opportunity to reach their full potential.
The curriculum and how we learn in the EYFS
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers children from birth to the age of 5. At Veritas this includes children who are in our Nursery (Little Explorers) and Reception (Earhart and Wright). The EYFS curriculum has 7 areas of learning and development; 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas. They are:-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Here is some useful information regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage:
These seven areas are used to plan and deliver a range of approaches and activities and ensure all children are provided with a varied and balanced curriculum. We deliver these opportunities inside and outside through:
- - Planned differentiated activities with small groups of children to meet the needs of all children participating.
- - Small group teaching following our programme of Read Write Inc. phonics
- - Who short class teaching for short periods of time such as direct teaching (eg Maths), story time or circle time.
- - Opportunities for adults to work alongside children to scaffold their play and develop their interests.
Our Early Years classrooms are set up to allow children to select what they want to learn and access throughout the day through a range of activities and experiences. We support and scaffold learning through planned activities that have a specific learning intention. We believe that it is important for adults to support children’s learning through play by also getting involved in the play themselves.
Our outdoor environment is equally important and offers children the chance to develop their investigation, discovering and understanding of the world around them. Our classrooms are designed to be free flow to ensure children have regular access to the garden regardless of the weather.
Tapestry in the EYFS
We use an online journey system called Tapestry throughout the EYFS in school. All children in our Nursery and Reception classes have a personal online Journey that contains observations, photographs and videos which document their learning and progress through their time in our EYFS. All of the evidence collected is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. In addition to our evidence we encourage you to add to it by adding your own photographs and comments or commenting on the observations made by staff.
Here is a parent guide and some useful information for you whilst using Tapestry:
Parents and Carers
We have an open door policy in EYFS and you are welcome into our Nursery or Reception at any time. We encourage you to attend many of our family sessions including stay and plays, reading café, workshops and much more. We value the input parents and carers give and regularly send home super star sheets to give us an insight into their child’s accomplishments.
Transition into our EYFS
We ensure that the transition process into our EYFS is happy and smooth through a supportive approach. Our EYFS staff work closely together to develop this transition process to ensure all children have a positive experience when coming to Veritas.
Our Nursery staff conduct home visits for children due to attend our Nursery. These visits enable them to see the children in a place where they feel safe and confident. This allows staff to get to know the children and develop a relationship with them to ensure that children settle well and feel safe secure when starting with us.
If your child is due to start attending our Reception class we ensure that a member of the Early Years team attends their current setting to meet the child and their current key worker. This allows staff to build up a picture of the child and understand their individual needs and interests. Children are then invited to attend a stay and play session where they can meet other children in their class and get to know the school environment.
Our EYFS regularly holds open days were children and parents can have a tour of the school and speak to the Early Years Team.
End of Year Expectations Reception
Information for parents and carers about the end of year expectations for children in our school.
These expectations have been identified as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your child to achieve these is greatly valued.
- Look at books and listen to stories
- Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
- Be secure at Phase 4 phonics
- Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words
- Identify rhymes and alliteration
- Join in with rhyming patterns
- Read and understand simple sentences
- Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read
- Make basic predictions
- Identify the start and end of a sentence
- Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make
- Know the difference between a capital and lower case letter
- Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart
Speaking and Listening
- Use complete sentences to explain or describe things
- Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed
- Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something
- Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that has happened to them
- Use phonic knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
- Write name (correct capital and lower case)
- Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences
- Write clearly demarcated sentences
- Use a correct pencil grip
- Correct formation of all letters
- Count reliably to 20
- Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count
- Recognise numbers to 20
- Order numbers 1 – 20
- Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 20
- Add and subtract two single digit numbers
- Form all digits 0-9 correctly
- Know the names of the days of the week in order
- Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle
- Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone