In our classroom most of the activities children participate in revolve around free choice from our continuous provision. These activities are available to the children every day and the EYFS staff enhance them with resources to direct the learning of the children. We also believe that the outdoor classroom should complement the indoor classroom, offering alterative and enriching learning. The outdoors an area our children thrive in, they love learning their mathematics and phonics, as well as other areas of our curriculum, on a larger scale. Child children have the free choice to access both the indoor and outdoor areas in all weathers and so we provide children with a waterproof overall.
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play, and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Practitioners respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.
Here at Palace Fields EYFS, we believe effective learning in the Early Years is the result of a balance between:
- adult-led learning: this is led and managed by the adult and is typically planned to meet the specific learning needs of the child(ren)
- adult-guided learning: this is where adults might support a child by guiding them (for example, by questioning and prompting, or by providing specific resources in an area of the classroom) and the child(ren) can independently practice or explore
- child-initiated learning: this is when the child chooses where to go and what to do in the learning environment – it might look like play, but a lot of learning can happen as they explore the purposefully provided provision.
As children grow older, and as their development allows, the balance gradually shifts towards more adult-led activities to help children prepare for more formal learning in KS1.
We follow the standards ans curriculum set out in the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework which can accessed here - EYFS framework 2021
Pupil Progress Meetings
Will arrange an appointment with you to discuss your child's progress during each term - Remember to keep a check on your child’s online learning journey (Tapestry) to see what they have been learning about.
We use an online learning journal called Tapestry to record observations, comments and photos of your child’s learning. Once your child has started n our setting we will provide further information on how you can access the your child’s journal and hoe to interact with the leaning uploaded.
What to expect and when
The below guide, published 4Children, is a great resource for you as a parent/carer to find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS
What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the EYFSâ€‹â€‹
Useful website links;
Phoincs Play - Great site with some free phonics games
Cbeebies - Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.
Crickweb - Lots of maths and literacy games
Oxford Owl - Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.
TopMarks - Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning