Full-time arrangements for Foundation Stage
We are very pleased to say that the children have settled really well into the morning routine at school. With this in mind we would appreciate if you would encourage your child to say goodbye to you at the Foundation gate from Monday 19th September which will be opened at 8.45am and will stay open until 8.55am. This will enable us to register the children as soon as they arrive and begin our activities. The children can be collected from the Foundation gates at 3.15pm.
As the weather can change would you please ensure that your child has a coat in school every day and that ALL clothing is named. We will be starting P.E lessons next week and Squirrels will have P.E on a Monday and Friday and Owls will have P.E on a Tuesday and Thursday. Your child also needs a named water bottle in school every day containing ONLY water. Thank you for your support.
The Foundation Team.
Our vision of ‘Happy Children, Loving Learning’ is at the heart of our curriculum
At Pocklington Infant School we offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to enable all pupils to achieve their full potential. We are committed to high standards in all subject areas and place great importance on developing children as independent thinkers and learners who have high self-esteem and self-confidence. We aim to teach children the key skills that will equip them to learn throughout their school life and beyond.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. EYFS is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS are organised into the Prime Areas and Specific Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language Development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
We recognise the value of play as an effective method of learning. Play allows for discovery, creativity and problem solving. It is purposeful, absorbing, open-ended and enables children to communicate with each other.
The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the EYFS curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. Learning in the EYFS follows the needs, experiences and interests of individual children. Learning is mainly through active, play based activities indoors and outdoors all the year round.
Observation and assessment is integral to EYFS practice and staff spend time observing children to identify their needs, interests, progress and next steps.
At the end of Foundation Stage children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and a best fit judgement is made as to whether children are ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ against the ELGs.