Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At The John Wesley CEM Primary School (JWS), we greatly value the importance that the Early Years Foundation Stage plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. We aim to provide a safe, challenging, stimulating and caring environment which is sensitive to the needs of every child.
Learning and Development in the EYFS
During their first five years, children will grow, learn and develop at a greater rate than at any other point in their lives. That is why the Early Years are so important. But children do not grow and develop at the same rate.
4Children have produced a guide for parents and carers to help them find out more about how children learn and develop in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. This booklet also includes examples of ideas and tips in supporting your child's learning and development. You can also find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage at www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents
During the first year at our school, we provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that will establish firm foundations for future learning, where our children are motivated and eager to learn.
Prime and Specific Areas
Prime areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas. The prime areas are:
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. The specific areas are:
On entry to The John Wesley CEMP School, children are assessed using a school devised baseline. This is carried out through observation and discussion with the children during their play and learning. Giving the children a baseline upon entry enables the class teacher to tailor the learning to the needs of the children and enables the school leadership team to track the progress that they make throughout their school life.
We continue to track the progress of our EYFS children using the EYFS Profile and our school’s 21 STEPS.
To see what the children will be learning about this year please refer to Willow Classes page.