EYFS – Foundation Stage
At Duston Eldean, we provide an engaging curriculum where your child will grow into a confident, responsible and independent learner. We have two classrooms, Rabbits and Squirrels, and the outside classroom for children to develop and apply as a learner.
When your child starts at Duston Eldean Primary School, they will be in the Foundation Stage Year and will follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The Foundation Stage is a distinct stage which begins from birth and continues to the end of the Foundation Stage. If your child attended a nursery or pre-school setting they will have already been introduced to this curriculum. The emphasis is on learning through play. Well-planned and child-initiated play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which children learn. They will have fun whilst developing all the key skills that will help them to get off to a flying start when they reach Year 1.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Physical Development (PD)
- Communication and Language (CAL)
- Understanding the World (UW)
- Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
The Curriculum sets out 17 ‘Early Learning Goals’ which most children will achieve by the end of their first year in school.
All children attending Duston Eldean Primary will have a personal online Learning Journey provided by ‘Tapestry’ whilst in Foundation Stage. This allows us to work with parents/carers to share photos, videos, observations and comments of the children in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This also enables us to build up a record of each child’s learning and achievements during their Foundation Stage year.
Once access has been gained to your child’s learning journal you will be able to view all observations and photographs from their time in Early Years. Tapestry also allows you to add observations and photographs of your own as well as share your comments.
Come and Play Sessions
Throughout the year there will be the opportunity for you to spend some time in school with your child observing how and what they learn. These ‘Come and Play’ sessions will focus on the seven areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Our handwriting scheme ‘Kinetic Letters’ incorporates building body strength, holding the pencil correctly and letter formation. The children will work on these different aspects during our daily handwriting lessons. During lessons, children lie on their stomachs on the floor to write, as this enables them to build body strength and also encourages the hand to be in the correct writing position to write.
Each your children will receive a reading book from our Oxford Reading Tree Scheme along with 6 high frequency words to learn at home by sight. High frequency words are words that appear very often in written texts (the, and, to, said, etc.) They are a mixture of decodable words (words that can be sounded out) and tricky words (words in which English spelling code works in an usual or uncommon way). It is really important that children learn how to read these words as they will make up a large proportion of the words they will be reading in everyday texts. We strongly promote reading at home with the aim that children will read at least 3 times a week.
Each week, your child will learn a story map to help develop their language and sentence structure in their English lessons. They will also learn a new concept in their maths lessons each week and apply these skills whilst choosing their learning.
P.E day- Wednesday
Library day – Tuesday (Squirrels) and Thursday (Rabbits)
End of Year
At the end of the academic year, in June, Foundation Stage put on a performance to share with their parents and guardians. We also, go on a trip to the farm towards the end of the year to link in with our topic all about ‘Nature’.
Helping your Child at Home
- Zip their coat up
- Put hat and gloves on independently
- Change into their P.E kit
- Toilet trained
- Table manners and using cutlery
- Look after their own belongings such as cardigan
- Count in order from 1 to 20
- Write their name using kinetic letter formations
- Read stories before bedtime