Early years provision at Evendons Primary School will deliver the highest quality education, whilst providing a firm foundation on which to build future academic, enterprise, social and emotional success.
Whilst recognising that every child is unique, and will join the school with differing levels of prior learning and social skills, our aim is that, by the time they leave our Reception class, children are:
- happy, resilient, capable, confident and self-assured individuals;
- strong, inquisitive and independent learners who thrive in all areas of learning and development;
- capable of developing and sustaining positive relationships within their school community and beyond.
Evendons Primary School recognises the importance of play to children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Therefore, the school ensures there is an appropriate balance in the day of activities led by children and activities led or guided by adults, responding to each child’s emerging needs and interests. It is expected that over the year, the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.
In line with the particular vision and ethos of the school, we provide activities and experiences for Foundation Stage children that:
- develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves i.e. through class and small group discussions or individual ‘show and tell’ sessions during circle time
- develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through a range of outdoor play equipment and via more structured PE and Dance activities (Children are taught about healthy lifestyles and eating as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education [PSHCE] programme)
- develop their ability to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest in written and spoken words. Literacy is delivered both through discrete learning activities including phonics and one to one reading sessions but also woven into the broader curriculum.
- develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. A sound grasp of mathematical principles and functions is essential to the delivery of a STEM based curriculum as well as other aspects of the curriculum and more general life skills
- develop their awareness, interest and understanding of their physical world and their local community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. As a free school created by the community for the community, the school actively engages community members as well as local business in the planning and delivery of the curriculum
- explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology. The STEM focus of the curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities for children to explore and develop their creative skills.
Evendons Primary School also recognises the importance assessment plays in helping parents, carers and staff to recognise a child’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support. Ongoing (formative) assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process at the school. This involves staff observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles and to shape learning experiences for each child reflecting on those observations.
Home visits for all children starting in our Foundation Stage is part of the transition process and is one of our criteria for ensuring that children are able to settle happily and quickly into the school.