Our EYFS is staffed by qualified teachers and support staff. Practitioners take time to listen to the children and their interests, which often results in both the children and staff going on their own learning journey together. Every child is important to us and we celebrate diversity. At Central Primary, there is a great emphasis on the learning environment to maximise learning opportunities delivered through our knowledge, skills and understanding passports. Practitioners often use new, real or interesting objects as provocations for the children to explore and investigate, which helps to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Our aim is for every child to flourish and become the best they can be; leaving EYFS with independence, confidence, and as caring, responsible young learners who are ready for Key Stage 1 with a real love of learning.
Our learning environments are currently being redeveloped to meet the needs of our new learners. You can follow our transformation journey on Instagram @earlyyearsproject_.
Our spaces are language rich and are carefully designed to support children to:
Our two-year old provision is often a child’s first venture alone into the larger world outside the family home. What children experience and learn in Little Learners create strong and lasting foundations on which to build in later life, so we believe it is essential that the experiences are of the highest quality. By working in partnership with parents we aim to provide a stimulating, challenging environment which is a warm, friendly extension of home, where children and adults can explore, have fun, play, talk and learn together, developing as happy, confident and independent individuals within our community. Our provision is predominantly child led, using our observations of the children at play to inform our planning. Staff also lead activities, introducing children to new and different experiences. The environment is regularly adapted and changed based on these observations in order to stimulate, challenge and progress children’s learning.
In Little Learners, we place ensure children develop understanding of basic mathematical concepts through concrete and pictorial representations. Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations, using real life experiences to support children's mathematical understanding. Developing a love of reading is a key focus in Little Learners. A core selection of texts are carefully chosen to ensure children have access to daily storytelling sessions and opportunities to act out familiar stories and rhymes. Practitioners model reading skills on a daily basis in order to develop a positive reading culture, where children can foster a love of reading information and knowledge, as well as for pleasure. Children are provided with a range of exciting mark making experiences linked to chosen texts.
Our Nursery provision provides as many appropriate opportunities as possible through a play based approach for children to engage in sensory activities as well as activities which help develop their personal, social and emotional skills, their communication and language skills and physical development; known as the prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children are given opportunities at every turn to build relationships with other children and staff. We give children real experiences where possible for example cutting up fruit, using real sized resources and caring for animals. We encourage children to manage and take risks. We support children in their ideas and theories and in their exploration and experimentation.
Developing language and communication is a key focus for us in Nursery. Our practitioners provide targeted language enrichment by systematically adding and modelling the next steps n each child's language journey to improve sentence length, vocabulary, use of verbs and tenses and conceptual understanding. Early Literacy skills are developed at every opportunity, ensuring children are ready to access phonics in Reception. A concrete, pictorial approach to maths is continued in nursery with daily planned opportunities to develop mathematical knowledge and skills.
The following spaces have been created to ignite excitement, provide rich experiences, maximise opportunities to develop Mathematics and Literacy kills and to develop rich vocabulary.
The Theatre inspires imagination, allows children to learn about themselves and the world around them, and to step into new make believe worlds. Children engage in dramatic play, where they learn to accept and assign roles, and then act them out. It is a time when they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play. The theatre offers many realms of expression from story telling, small world, performing, singing, dancing, and role playing.
The Studio is a place for artistic exploration, a laboratory for trying out ideas and playing with different media and materials. It is a space where children can design, play creatively and follow their own interests and curiosities. The rich range of resources provided inspire creativity, expression, imagination, a sense of identity and enable children to develop rich vocabulary in meaningful contexts. Many learning opportunities are provided through resources such as clay, textiles, a woodwork bench, a sandpit, painting, drawing and a STEM centre.
The Learning Hive is a space for focused learning activities, with emphasis on developing early Maths and Literacy knowledge and skills. Practitioners plan with a clear outcome in mind and are skillful in sequencing learning effectively for learners. Children are given daily opportunities to learn phonics and maths in small groups and follow the Read Write Inc programme and White Rose Maths scheme. In addition, Launch Pad for Literacy is used as our approach to develop the skills needed for Reading and Writing.
The central space in Reception is a place to investigate and it includes a seasonal display, natural and recycled resources and small world items which prompt children to put into practice what they have learnt, allowing them to make connections with what is real and embed in depth learning. Lego therapy tables and reading nooks make the Piazza a perfect place to spend time reflecting and relaxing.
The Nurture Hub is a supportive classroom with a focus on learning basic skills, developing expressive language and sharing stories. Language enrichment plans are utilised to support the development of nouns, verbs and conceptual understanding.