Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Teacher: Miss Greene / Mrs Aliberti
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Gorrie / Mrs Andreou
Early Years at Millbrook
Our mission, within the Early Years, is to be a happy and caring school that enables children to succeed as unique individuals, to their highest potential. We provide a safe and secure environment, where the children are stimulated and inspired to develop interests in learning for life. We have high expectations and aspirations for all our children, with a genuine commitment to ensure that our children get the best possible start to their learning journey.
At Millbrook we use the phonics resource – Letters and Sounds. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
During their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development as set out in the Statuary Framework for EYFS 2014. Children mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As your child grows, the prime areas will help him/her to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside and the 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities
Development Matters is used for daily observation, assessment and planning and is used to make best-fit summative judgements about your child’s development. These judgements are shared with parents throughout the year. Development Matters sheets can be viewed here Prime and Specific areas 30-50 months / Prime and Specific areas 40-60 months / EYFS Downloadable guidance
The EYFS Profile
The EYFS requires that all children are assessed in the summer term of their Reception year. This assessment is called the EYFS Profile. The profile contains 17 Early Learning Goals (ELG). Each of 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas are divided into sections and at the end of each section there is an ELG.
The emphasis in the EYFS is learning through play so each day is carefully planned to provide activities both inside and outside which motivate, stimulate and challenge the children in a fun and practical way. The 7 areas of learning are planned for through themed weeks; the themes have been carefully chosen in order to build a firm foundation for your child’s future learning.
If you are interested to find out more about our curriculum then please speak to the class teacher.