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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Springfield Primary, we aim to make the curriculum we provide in EYFS engaging and creative allowing for many 'I wonder' moments as the children engage in opportunities within the classroom and the wider environment.

We welcome children into both our Nursery and Reception classes recognising that this is an important time in your child’s school life, where routines are established and relationships are built between home and school. We do our best to work closely with you, to ensure that your child has a smooth start to their school careers.

In the Early Years, children develop the fundamental basic skills upon which they will build throughout the school. The curriculum is planned using the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS), the non-statutory guidance material that supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS. Through careful planning, the children are given the opportunities to work independently, in pairs and in groups exploring the activities and resources on offer as part of learning through play and exploration.

EYFS Curriculum Planning and Intent
EYFS Yearly Curriculum Focus
EYFS Policy

Supporting your child at home

There are a number of ways to help your child be ‘school ready’ and to develop important self-help and early literacy and maths skills:

Self-help skills

- Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves
- Practise putting on and taking off socks and shoes
- Encourage going to the toilet independently
- Practise washing and drying hands
- Encourage your child to put on a coat

Literacy skills

Reading books with children is a great way to spend family time. Research shows that exploring books can have lots of benefits for children, and it's also just fantastic family fun. So ……

- Find somewhere quiet and set aside some time.
- Choose a book together.
- Talk about the pictures and the story – the characters, setting, what happens next.
- Make it fun and enjoy the time together.
-Visit the Book Trust website for further tips and information.

Maths skills 

The first few years of a child’s life are especially important for mathematics development. Research shows that early mathematical knowledge predicts later reading ability and general education and social progress.  There are six key concepts:

1 cardinality (quantity of things represented) and counting
2 comparison
3 composition (how it is made up)
4 pattern
5 shape and space
6 measures

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